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Retired Navy Pilot Found Dead In His Estate St. John Condo By Police

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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.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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