Shark Bite Might Not Have Killed Man In Dare County

Authorities say they now aren't sure whether sharks killed a Pittsburgh man whose body washed up on a North Carolina beach last month.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va., reported the North Carolina medical examiner's office first released a report Friday saying an autopsy and review of photos by marine biologists led experts to decide 60-year-old Richard Snead died from accidental drowning in Kill Devil Hills.

But a few hours later, officials said another researcher reviewing the death disagreed, saying it looked like shark bites killed the man.

Officials say they will now do a final review of the death that could take weeks.

Snead's body washed ashore on the Outer Banks about four days after he was last seen taking a late night swim in the ocean.

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A shark bite killed a Pittsburgh man who disappeared after going swimming on the Outer Banks this past weekend.

The body of Richard Snead was found Thursday when it washed up on the beach in Kill Devil Hills.

The State Medical Examiner's Office in Greenville says the 60-year-old man died from injuries from a shark bite.

Currituck County authorities say this is the first recorded case of a shark bite in their county since 2000.

Authorities say Snead was swimming near mile post 4.5 in Corolla sometime after 9:00 p.m. on September 12th and was reported missing right after midnight.

The last fatal confirmed fatal shark attack off the North Carolina coast was in September 2001.

It happened in Avon, near Cape Hatteras. A 27-year-old man was critically injured and died from blood loss. His girlfriend was also attacked. She lost her foot.

Both were Russian, living in Virginia, on vacation on the Outer Banks. The two were attacked while swimming near a sandbar around 6 p.m.

It was never confirmed what kind of shark attacked the two, but some reports suggested it was a bull shark.

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