Body of Maryland man found in water near Carolina Beach Marina

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — A death investigation is underway at Carolina Beach after a man was found in the water off Lees Lane.

According to a news release from the Carolina Beach Police Department, officers, along with EMS and fire crews, responded to the Carolina Beach Marina and found the body of Michael Warren Thomas, 56, of Columbia, Maryland.

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A witness told investigators Thomas traveled to Carolina Beach by sailboat. The witness also told police that Thomas did not return to his boat the night before as expected.

Police say the Medical Examiner’s Office will make the official determination for the cause of death. No foul play is suspected at this time.

The investigation is still on-going. Police say family members have been notified.