In 1587, the colony of Roanoke was established on a small island along the coast of present-day North Carolina. 115 men and women eagerly arrived at what they thought would become the first permanent English settlement in the new world. The group was well stocked with supplies, and lived in secure structures that offered good protection from the elements and any unfriendly neighbors.
The mystery of Roanoke began when a supply ship returned in 1590 to find not a single living soul, and no evidence of war, famine or any other possible reason for the colony’s complete disappearance. In fact, there is still no generally accepted explanation for what happened to those settlers. ZRS Researcher, Andre Freeman, suggests that it may have been the work of zombies.
Freeman considered the findings of noted Harvard Archeologist, Lawrence Stager, who unearthed evidence of mass cannibalism at the Roanoke site. He also points to reports from local tribes stating that the colonists died in a great war within their own ranks.
“A sudden undead plague sweeping through the unprepared colony would quickly become a horrific, violent feast, leaving not a single man, woman or child alive.”
He goes on to suggest that the relative isolation of the settlement, and time elapsed before the return of the supply ship, would allow for the remaining colonial zombies to rot back into the earth. Without any humans left to feed on, so no way to spread the infection, the zombie outbreak would have simply died off.
If Freeman is correct, there could be something sinister still in the ground on Roanoke Island, waiting to be released into a modern population that is more advanced, more connected, but just as unprepared as ever.