Murdered owner’s estate proceedings force Cape Fear Serpentarium to close


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear Serpentarium in downtown Wilmington is closed until further notice.

Nine months ago the owner of the serpentarium, Dean Ripa, was killed.

The serpentarium remained open and operated under an LLC.

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It closed last week because of Ripa’s estate proceedings, according to a post on Facebook.

The business said it hoped to re-open in mid-April.

Ripa’s wife, Regina, is charged with first degree murder in his death.

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