Body found in Sunset Beach golf course pond believed to be missing man

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Paul Milton Simms

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Sunset Beach Police say a body found floating in a golf course pond Friday morning is believed to be of a missing man.

Police say just before 10 a.m. they were notified that a body was seen floating face down in a golf course pond in the city limits of Sunset Beach.

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With assistance from Sunset Beach Fire, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, and the North Carolina Medical Examiners office, the body was removed from the water.

Investigators have reason to believe that the body recovered was that of Paul Milton Simms who went missing on January 9 near this same area.

Police told WWAY earlier this month that Simms, 23, may have been suffering from dementia or some other form of cognitive impairment.



The body is being sent for autopsy and positive identification by order of the NC Medical Examiner.

Investigators do not suspect foul play. The investigation is ongoing.