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Stella man's dog, wallet and cellphone were found on boat before his body was found in White Oak River

A person drowned on the White Oak River near Stella, in Onslow County, on Monday.
A person drowned on the White Oak River near Stella, in Onslow County, on Monday.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has identified a man who drowned in the White Oak River Monday morning in Onslow County.

Wildlife officers say a charter boat captain found David Noe’s boat adrift in the White Oak River near Stella, and they found a dog, cell phone, and wallet on the boat.

Not long after, passing boaters discovered the 49-year-old man’s body in the marsh grass near the White Oak River Waterfowl Impoundment.

Noe was pronounced dead at the scene. Wildlife Resources Law Enforcement Division is still investigating.

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