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Man Walking His Dog Near Rock Quarry On Mahogany Road Finds Badly Decomposed Body

Mahogany Road decomposed body

Mahogany Road near Springfield Quarry

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A concerned citizen out walking their dog on Mahogany Road noticed a strong odor and when they followed the scent discovered a badly decomposed body in an area covered with brush, according to Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) spokesman Glen Dratte.

The concerned citizen reported finding the body about 3:58 p.m. on Thursday in the vicinity of the Springfield Quarry on Mahogany Road, Dratte said in a written statement.

Police went immediately to the scene and after an inspection confirmed that the remains were human, not animal, according to the VIPD.

The cause of death could not be determined at this time until the remains are examined by the Medical Examiner’s Office, police said.

The discovery is under active investigation by police.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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