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SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Two boaters found a man dead, floating in the water around 10 a.m. at the Southport marina.

Shuford Martin, 56, was seen an hour earlier on his wheelchair near the boat ramp. Southport Police have ruled the death a suicide. They say Martin had a history of bad health. He also lost several family members over the past few years.

His only living relative is his nephew, who has been notified.

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