By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - A body was discovered by a fisherman on the beach at Fort Fisher on Tuesday afternoon, March 14th. The body was discovered near the Fort Fisher State Recreation Area Marker #14.
According to Police Chief Mike Bowden, emergency personnel were dispatched to that area in reference to a citizen locating a deceased male. Emergency services arrived on the scene and positively identified the deceased as Maynor Francisco Cruz Bardalez, the missing swimmer from Kure Beach on March 6th, 2017.
The next of kin has been notified and the body has been transported to the medical examiner's office.
According to Chief Bowden, on March 6, 2017 at approximately 1:40 pm Kure Beach Police received a call reporting a subject had jumped from the Kure Beach Pier, in the 100 block of K Ave. Officers responded immediately and located two
subjects in the water, in distress. One subject disappeared from view.
Kure Beach Fire Department/Ocean Rescue rescued one subject who was transported to the hospital by EMS.
The U.S. Coast Guard began searching for the second subject.
According to police, the missing man was identified as 25-year-old Maynor Francisco Cruz Bardalez of Wilmington, NC. The U.S. Coast Guard and Kure Beach Police Department conducted an extensive search for the missing swimmer.
The U.S. Coast Guard suspended water search efforts on Tuesday.
The Kure Beach Police Department continued to search the beach strand throughout the week.