Retired Navy Pilot Found Dead In His Estate St. John Condo By Police
FOUND DEAD: Martin P. “Marty” Merrick
CHRISTIANSTED – A 77-year-old Illinois man was found dead in his St. Croix condominium after fellow residents noticed that he hadn’t been seen in days.
Martin P. “Marty” Merrick of Estate St. John was declared dead on arrival (DOA) when emergency personnel arrived at St. Croix By The Sea “St. C” condos after 9:50 a.m. Monday, according to police.
Two St. C residents told police that they had not seen Merrick since about 3:30 p.m. Friday when they noticed him retrieving his mail at the condominium office.
Another St. C resident decided to do a welfare check on Merrick. A member of the St. C maintenance crew was unable to gain access through the front door, but was able to climb onto the balcony through an adjoining unit. Once on the balcony, the maintenance man saw the unmoving body of the former Naperville, Illinois resident.
The staff at St. C condominiums contacted the Emergency Call Center as well as Emergency Medical Technicians. When EMTs examined Merrick they found no signs of life.
Merrick was a long-time resident of St. Croix and retired tailhook pilot with the U.S. Navy. He was the traffic manager for WSVI-TV Channel 8 for several years when its offices were in the Sunny Isle Shopping Center.
On his Facebook page, Merrick counted former Sen. Holland Redfield II and current Sen. Nereida Rivera O’Reilly as friends, among many other colleagues, friends and troupe members who knew him as an amateur theater director.