New island Deputy Sheriff David Walden. Photo: C. Lelinbach
New island Deputy Sheriff David Walden. Photo: C. Leinbach


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The Ocracoke office of the Hyde County Sheriff’s Department has a new deputy, David Walden, who began work in January.

A former Marine who was deployed all over the world, Walden brings experience as a police officer in Atlantic Beach, Carteret County and, most recently, Vanceboro, Craven County.

He has training in advanced traffic crash investigations, child death, suicide, police law, radar, high-speed driving and more.

A frequent visitor to the island with his wife, Kristina, son Jeremiah, 11, and daughter Rachael, 8, who still live in Beaufort, Carteret County, but plan to relocate to the island after the school year ends, Walden saw a posting about the Ocracoke job and jumped on it.

So far, he enjoys the island.

“I want to continue to serve and help people,” he said about his police career. “Every day is a different day.”

Since Jan. 1, Capt. Jason Daniels has reported the following incidents: two vehicle crashes; one missing person, who had gone up the beach, was reported missing but was later found; one stolen vehicle that was found off the island, returned and which is still under investigation; and one injury-to-property misdemeanor in which an altercation resulted in one of the parties throwing a liquor bottle through the windshield of the other party’s car.

His office also is investigating a felony charge of obtaining property by false pretenses.

If you need assistance or see any suspicious activity, please contact the Hyde County Sheriff’s Office at 252-926-3171.

From Nov. 16 to Feb. 13, the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Dept. responded to the following calls:
fifteen medical responders, four medevacs and one false alarm.


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  1. I love this report of the winter crime. In Louisville, it would be listing the number of murders, rapes, armed robberies, shootings, fatal car accidents, etc. Ocracoke is a jewel!

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