A missing man’s body washed up on the shore of a North Carolina beach — more than three months after his truck plunged off a bridge in Virginia, relatives say.
The corpse of Erik Mezick, 47, of Fruitland, Md., was discovered by a beachgoer on Cape Hatteras National Seashore near the village of Salvo on Friday, The Virginian-Pilot reported.
“We said he would present himself when he was ready and in true Erik style he did just that today on his favorite beach,” his family wrote on the Facebook page “Finding Erik Mezick.”
Mezick had been driving a box truck while delivering for Baltimore-based Cloverland Farms Dairy when it went off the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel on Dec. 29.
The truck crashed through the bridge’s guard rail before it plummeted into the frigid waters below.
Multiple agencies searched for Mezick’s body, covering 200 square miles before calling off the search, the newspaper reported.
The National Park Service said a resident had found a man’s body around 9 a.m. Friday that appeared to have been in the ocean for “an extended period of time.”
The body was brought to the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Officer, the agency said.