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St. Croix Woman Not Seen Since February 2015 Is Reported Missing By Concerned Family Members

Zelma Vernica Taylor

MISSING SINCE 2015: Zelma Vernica Taylor

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) said it needs your help to locate a missing person Zelma Vernica Taylor.

Taylor is 38-year-old black woman with a dark brown complexion with short black hair and glasses. She stands 5-feet,2-inches tall, weighs about 240 pounds with short black hair and, known to wear eye glasses.

Taylor goes by the nickname of “Vernie,”  and lives on St. Croix. She was last seen in February 2015 at the Department of Human Services’ Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program in the Mars Hill Complex.

Taylor has been diagnosed with a psychological disorder, according to the VIPD.

Police urge anyone who sees Zelma to contact 911 immediately or the Criminal Investigation Bureau at (340) 778-2211

To hear an audio reading of this story by VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte press play below:

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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