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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County family is mourning after investigators found the body of a 17-year-old high school student yesterday in the Shallotte River. Detectives say his death appears to have been an accident.

A spokeswoman for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says they received a call just before noon yesterday of a report of a missing person who may have fallen off of a private dock in the Shell Pointe community. The Sheriff’s Office helicopter spotted the body a couple hours later.

Investigators identified the body as Silas Oller, 17, of Sunset Beach.

His family says Silas loved music and enjoyed playing instruments including the guitar. Silas was a sophomore at West Brunswick High School, where he also played with the jazz band.

His mother says this is a very difficult time for their family, and that right now they need help paying for their son’s funeral arrangements.

Investigators say at this point the drowning appears to be accidental, but they are waiting for results of an autopsy.

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3 Comments on "Brunswick County family mourns after teen drowns in Shallotte River"

Kendra Reagan
2015 years 9 months ago

I am Silas Oller’s Aunt we have two memorial accounts set up in silas’s name and you can call the bank and give them the account numbers here is the post I have put on facebook with the information these are NOT private accounts they are set up just for silas through the bank and no money can be withdrawn only deposited and the donations go straight to funeral home to help with expenses. Thank you so much for thinking of our family in this horrible time.

As some of you have heard about the drowning at shell point that was my little nephew Silas Oller he was only 17 years old. Our family is asking for any contributions or donations for help with the funeral expense. Please contact the family at 910-398-1272 or send contributions to BB&T special account under Laura Oller account number 0005424881300 or Silas Oller/Nelson Oller memorial fund at Wells Fargo bank call 803-253-6786 and give them account number 2215067469 thank you in advance

Joy Cassienlli
2015 years 9 months ago

So sorry to hear about Silas. He was a great person and enjoyed his company when he came over to our house. We are all praying for you and your family. We would like to donate to the funeral expenses but I don’t see where. Can you please let me know where to send our donation. Thank you. The Cassinelli Family

Stacy Barrett
2015 years 9 months ago

I want to extend deepest condolences to your family of behalf of Bea’s House Family Advocates (formerly domestic violence resources) I am based in Greensboro,NC, however my co-founder Simone and her family live near Silas’ family and my Godson Xander was a close friend. Since Sunday evening I have been asking what we can do…where is the greatest need? We don’t have a huge budget, but we have tons of resources to get assistance. If someone would like to contact me in a more private manner to discuss the needs you all have, I will move Heaven and earth to take care of as much as possible. Silas, by all accounts, is a remarkably talented young man, and as much as I wish I could give the blessings of his life and future back to you all and the world, I extend to you all prayers of peace, understanding and comfort in the God’s plan being so much more complicated than our own.


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