Sailor Dittrich Found Dead On The Dingy Dock At Yacht Haven Grande
FOUND DEAD: Manfred Dittrich
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — An 80-year-old man with ties to the sea was found dead on dock off of Yacht Haven Grande late Sunday night, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.
On Sunday, June 19, about 10:22 p.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center transmitted that a male individual that was found and taken from the water at Yacht Haven Grande located in the downtown area, the VIPD said.
Upon arrival to the scene, officers made contact with an unresponsive Caucasian male lying face up on the dingy dock who was later positively identified by his next of kin as Manfred Dittrich of Hassel Island.
Dittrich was then taken to the morgue at the Roy L. Schneider Medical Center.
“Manfred and his sons have been making sails and awnings for decades here on St. Thomas,” Mark Hillsman said in the Facebook group V.I. Connections. “He will be missed. RIP.”
Another person in the same group said that Dittrich was well-known in the St. Thomas sailing community.
“Manfred was one of the most famous icon on the Virgin Island sailing life style,” Ensor Colon wrote. “RIP.”
There were no signs of foul play to the deceased, police said. Police detectives with the Forensic Unit processed the scene for evidence.
The case is currently under active investigation by the Investigation Bureau.
Anyone having information regarding this incident may to contact the Investigation Bureau at (340) 774-2211 extensions 5617 and 5554. They can also call 911; Crime stoppers VI, the Commissioner’s Office at (340) 715-5506 and the Chief’s Office as (340)714-5548.