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26-Year-Old St. Thomas Man Commits Suicide In Frenchman’s Bay (PHOTO UPDATE)

 

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Michael “Mike” Austin

CHARLOTTE AMALIE – A 26-year-old St. Thomas man who was said to suffer from acute depression killed himself near Frenchman’s Bay Friday morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police at 11:08 a.m. Friday to a residence in Frenchman’s Bay, the VIPD said.

Police found Michael “Mike” Austin propped against a column with a hose attached to the column.

According to the neighbor who phoned 911, he discovered Austin hanging from the column with the hose around his neck like a noose.

The neighbor hurriedly cut the hose and sat the body against the column and then phoned 911.

No further information was available about Austin’s death.

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Mike Austin in happier times on St. Thomas.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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