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Robert and Elizabeth Estep pose with one of their four grandchilden, Joey. Robert Lloyd Estep died in Morehead City on March 28, becoming the county’s first Covid-19 recorded death, according to his death certificate on file at the Carteret County Registar of Deeds.Family's

NC - Family's beach retreat ends in county's first victim

Robert and Elizabeth Estep loved to spend time at the beach.

The eight members of the family arrived in the Crystal Coast on March 22.

Soon after arriving at their rental home in Indian Beach and as the family was settling in, Bob admitted he wasn’t feeling up to par. Reflecting on those first days at the beach, Elizabeth believes he may have contracted the virus before arriving in North Carolina.

While Estep’s death certificate does not indicate any underlying conditions, Elizabeth said her husband had several ailments.

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