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Missing Wilson Man's Body Recovered in River

Posted April 24, 2008

— Beaufort County investigators recovered the body Thursday of an 82-year-old Wilson man who was reported missing last week.

The body of Wade Hampton Lamm was found in the Pamlico River near the town of Washington, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office said.

Lamm was reported missing April 17; investigators found his truck the next day at a Days Inn in Washington, about 60 miles from Wilson.

The medical examiner has ruled his death a suicide, authorities said.

Lamm's daughter said Monday her father's health had recently been declining and that he was suicidal.


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  • Tired of your excuses Apr 25, 2008

    Our community has been saddened by this horrific news. We will continue to keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers.

  • lovecarolinagutters Apr 24, 2008

    My sincerest condolences to the family. Wade, RIP.

  • Ladybug Apr 24, 2008

    My prayers to the family. I too have seen my father suffer a long and painful death. I want someone to help me end it if my time comes and there's nothing that can be done but linger.

    As to the person that said he had to go through Durham. Look at the NC map - Durham is north of Wilson and he went to Washington, NC. He did not go through Durham.

  • gnew46 Apr 24, 2008

    Prayers and condolences to the family of this man.

  • bramos04072 Apr 24, 2008

    god be with you

  • If the shoe fits.... Apr 24, 2008

    First, my sincerest condolences to the Lamm family.
    I followed this story and had hoped there would be a happier ending. (I had feared there was foul play involved.)
    I have "been there" mentally and understand suicidal thinking. I do not condemn it. Ultimately, our lives are all that belong to us.
    And yes, I have been in nursing homes recently - in fact, I've spent a good deal of time in several this past year tending two relatives. I filed one abuse complaint with the state.
    Most of us, in the end, want QUALITY of life - which can be defined as absence of pain (physical or mental).

  • JAT Apr 24, 2008

    Did he kill himself by jumping into the water? That's an odd way to do it but I guess if you couldn't swim, that would do it. Suicides are selfish acts - it takes your pain away but leaves others to suffer. I understand wanting to control your destiny but maybe some mental health help would have helped his depression and showed him he had something to live for.

  • Kris0805 Apr 24, 2008

    Praying for his family....

  • mkmydy Apr 24, 2008

    Thank you to everyone for you kind comments and prayers. Wade is my grandad, and while we're all upset that he's gone, I think everyone in the family agrees that he went out the way he wanted, which is important. He had a lot of health problems, and while we all wish he had talked them out with us, he's at peace now. Thanks again for the support.

  • 1opinion Apr 24, 2008

    Where is the sad part? I have to fill in some gaps here and assume he was sane, but assuming I live 82 good years, my health is failing. I'm faced with the unthinkable (extreme pain, immobility, or worse nursing care), I don't see him taking his own life as such a bad thing. I do hope he found the peace he was looking for. His action will be tough on the family, and they have my symapthy, but for all I know he's better off.

    Life for the aging is not as great as you think. Visit a nursing home lately? Tried to live of a Social Security check?