Ned was a local of Gracepoint who was a regular at the bar in the Crestview Inn. He was worried about the effect of the murder investigation on the town's economy by turning away tourists, especially following a recession, bad weather, and half of the main street already shut down. His arrogant attitude made Gemma Fisher refuse him further drink, as she told him to "grieve respectfully" instead of threatening to rip down the police tents on the beach and continually complaining about how bad for business the murder was. As he leaves the bar, leaving his payment in his glass, he tell's Gemma to "keep the change. You're gonna need it." (Episode 2)