Moyock man found dead, canoe overturned Dec. 23


From staff reports

Sunday, January 14, 2018

CURRITUCK – A 53-year-old Moyock man died two days before Christmas apparently after the canoe he had been in capsized in the waters of the northern part of the county, authorities said.

Bobby Rydell Miller's body was discovered submerged close to or underneath the narrow craft the afternoon of Dec. 23, Currituck Fire-EMS Chief Chip Melton said.

According to Melton, the emergency operator received a call at 1:47 p.m. to the 200 block of Guinea Mill Road about a boating accident. The area where the first report came from is a network of canals and creeks.

Melton said the report was that the canoe was spotted flipped over in the water and that there was no canoer to be found. The Moyock Volunteer Fire Department, Currituck Fire-EMS, the Currituck Sheriff's Office and N.C. Wildlife Resources responded.

Melton said the sheriff's office advised at 2:47 p.m., to prevent boats entering the water, because the missing canoer had possibly been found.

The death certificate, which was released on Thursday by the Currituck Register of Deeds Office, states the immediate cause of Miller's death is pending the outcome of the completion of the autopsy report. However, the death certificate said drowning significantly contributed to Miller's death.

The death certificate said Miller was a handyman.