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Belgian Tourist Found Naked And Dead On St. Martin Beach; Her Family Calls It A Sex Crime

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MURDERED: Wendy Montulet of Belgium

MARIGOT — A 21-year-old Belgian tourist was found murdered on a deserted beach in St. Martin on Sunday.

Her family says Wendy Montulet was found naked on the beach at Nettle Bay and that it was a sex crime.

Montulet’s family sounded the alarm when she did not return from a last jog on the Dutch-French island that is 120 miles to the northeast of the Virgin Islands.

Montulet’s body was found in some bushes after an hours long search, according to Belgian newspaper reports.

Montulet was vacationing on Sint Maarten with her parents, 12-year-old sister and a few friends.

A few hours before their flight home she decided to go for a last jog on the island and never returned.

The Sint Maarten police force deployed a helicopter, 20 officers and a scent-sniffing dog to search for the young woman when her family sounded the alarm.

Her body was found in the bushes about 1,640 feet away from the hotel where she was staying.

She had been murdered and showed signs of being cut multiple times. An autopsy will determine if she had been raped as well.

Her mother is convinced that it was a sex crime.

“She had no clothes on. What kind of animal would do this?”, she said to Belgian news site Het Laatste Nieuws.

The police in Sint Maarten launched a murder investigation. At a press conference the Attorney General said that Wendy “has multiple injuries caused by a sharp object.”

Montulet disappeared on Saturday and it took two days of helicopter searches and finally a tracking dog to find her naked, slashed body hidden in the bushes on the beach.

An autopsy will be done on her body this week, authorities said.

It is the fifth murder recorded this year on the French side of the twin island called St. Martin.

It is known the world over for its beautiful beaches and French cuisine.

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Family members were interviewed by the Belgian press after they returned home following the harrowing ordeal.

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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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