Copper bust of Orville Wright stolen from monument atop Big Kill Devil Hill

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The copper bust of Orville Wright on the plaza of the Wright Brothers Monument atop Big Kill Devil Hill was apparently stolen overnight, and the granite base where the reproduction bust was mounted has also been toppled.

Samantha said she walked to the monument that is 90 feet above Kill Devil Hills to watch the sunrise on Sunday morning when she discovered the vandalism.

The Orville bust sits on the northwest corner of the memorial. [submitted photo]

The busts of both Orville and Wilbur Wright are reproductions. The originals have been stolen and then recovered twice over the past several decades, according to NPS spokesperson Mike Barber.

Bust of Wilbur in the foreground, and Orville in the back. [NPS photo]

National Park Service Rangers and local law enforcement officials are investigating the crime.

Anyone with information that could help solve this case are asked to contact Dare County Community Crimeline or the National Park Service’s Investigative Services Branch.

The National Park Service ISB Tip Line is 888-653-0009 and accepts calls and texts. Online tips can be submitted at

“Big Kill Devil Hill may be closed to visitors for a period of time today while the investigation continues,” Barber said.

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