Medical examiner: Human remains that of missing boater


By Peter Williams
The Perquimans Weekly

Friday, February 16, 2018

HERTFORD — Medical examiners have determined that human remains found recently along the shoreline in New Hope belonged to a Wayne County man who went missing in July 2016 while swimming in the Yeopim River.

Perquimans County Sheriff Shelby White said the medical examiner in Greenville identified the skull found in January this week as that of John Poandl, 57, of Dudley.

Poandl, who also owns property in Holiday Island, in Perquimans County, was last seen alive July 6, 2016, when he and another man got separated from their pontoon boat while swimming on the Yeopim River.

According to a state Wildlife official, Poandl and his companion tried to swim back to the boat but were unable to reach it because it had drifted away from them with the wind. 

The other man was rescued by the N.C. Wildlife Service but an intensive search involving the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies was launched for Poandl.

Before it ended, the 40-hour search for Poandl focused on a six-square mile area about a mile off the coastline of Chowan County, officials said.

White said the skull was found on the New Hope shoreline about 10 miles from where Poandl was last seen in the water.