Police Chief Found Dead In His Office

The Southern Shores police chief apparently took his own life this week, according to town officials. The body of 44-year-old Thad Pledger was found in his office Monday. Southern Shores is in Dare County, north of Kitty Hawk. Pledger worked in the town for six years. Before that, he was a deputy with the Currituck County Sheriff's Department. Town officials say they are still investigating the circumstances behind this tragedy. Pledger was married and a father of three. The funeral is scheduled for Saturday.