Police Identify Lady Found Deceased At Freeman Park Campsite Sunday Morning

Police Identify Lady Found Deceased At Freeman Park Campsite Sunday Morning Featured

By / Local News / Saturday, 25 July 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Carolina Beach Town Manager Michael Cramer said a woman was found deceased at a campsite in Freeman Park Sunday morning.
Her name was initially withheld pending notification of next of kin. On Monday the Town identified her as 40-year-old Tania Nicole Dunbar. She was serving as a U.S. Army warrant officer at Fort Bragg and vacationing at Freeman Park.
Cramer said it appeared "she fell and hit her head on her truck door handle." She was visiting Freeman Park with another person over the weekend but that person had already left prior to her accident. He said detectives are investigating the incident but have no reason to suspect foul play. Dunbar was found in zone 4 which is the first zone within the park that permits camping in designated campsites. On Tuesday July 21, Interim Police Chief Harry Humphries said an autopsy revealed Dunbar passed away due to natural causes and not from a concussion or from any type of fall.
Humphries said one witness said Dunbar fell and hit her head the night before, but there were no indicating marks on her. They are still waiting on toxicology report but Humphries said it appears she passed in her sleep.
Freeman Park, located beyond the end of Canal Drive on the Northern End of Pleasure Island, is largely outside of the Town's jurisdiction.
They have authority to manage the area as a park. That was granted to them by the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners some years ago. There is a fee charged for vehicle access to drive on the beach front within the park. The area is a popular destination in the summer offering a limited number of designated campsites, police patrols, lifeguards, rest rooms and trash pickup.

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