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Bicyclist missing in Knightdale found dead

Posted September 23, 2015
Updated September 24, 2015

Richard Moreau, 66, was last seen on the evening of Sept. 17 when he left a Verizon store located at 6807 Knightdale Blvd. He was riding a green bicycle and wearing a black and gray helmet, red riding gloves, black sneakers, and shorts and a t-shirt.
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— A Massachusetts man who was fulfilling his lifelong dream of bicycling down the East Coast when he disappeared was found dead Wednesday afternoon.

Richard Moreau, 66, was found dead in a rural part of Nash County, police said. His body was discovered in his tent near U.S. Highway 264 Alternate, west of Middlesex.

Police said it appears as though Moreau died of natural causes.

Moreau was fulfilling a dream to ride his bicycle from Massachusetts to Florida when he went missing after visiting a Knightdale shop on Sept. 17. His family said that he had been checking in daily and was off of his intended route when he stopped in Knightdale.

When Moreau’s family last heard from him, he had just purchased a new phone and said that he would be spending the night camping. Knightdale police worked with the phone company to determine the last location of Moreau’s new phone, which led them to Middlesex, where they found his body in a shady area that was not far from the road.

Following his disappearance, Moreau’s family had set up a Facebook page to help locate him, and some traveled to the Triangle to help search.

“Our hearts are heavy. Richard was one of the greatest people anyone could wish to know,” said a post by Moreau’s stepdaughter, Kelly Erskine. “He leaves behind a loving wife, son, three stepdaughters, and six grandchildren that will miss him dearly.”

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Posted by Help us find Richard Moreau - Missing Bicyclist on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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  • Vera McGraw Sep 24, 2015
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    not very old, and capable of riding a bike down the east coast to NC.....I would think healthy...I hope there was no pain...

  • Ann Bunn Sep 24, 2015
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    Perhaps he was bitten by a snake during the night while he slept....

  • Karen Orndorff Sep 24, 2015
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    So sad, prayers for the family.

  • Kevin Weidner Sep 24, 2015
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    Thoughts and prayers with his family.

  • Bobby Caudle Sep 24, 2015
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    sad, but he was full filling his dream. now you can ride forever the golden highway, prayers for the family

  • Jeff Pridgen Sep 23, 2015
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    Agreed! RIP

  • Fred Holt Sep 23, 2015
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    Natural causes, while on a bike tour - about the best any of us could ask for - other than for more time. RIP