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81-Year-Old Man Found Dead On John Brewers Bay Beach In St. Thomas

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DIED NEAR BEACH: Horace Turnbull

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — An 81-year-old St. Thomas man was found dead and lying face down on the beach at John Brewers Bay early Friday morning, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD).

On Thursday, August 11 about 8:10 p.m., the daughter-in-law of Horace Turnbull reported that her father-in-law went to John Brewers Beach at about 3:00 p.m.

The woman said that when Turnbull did not return home around 7:00 p.m. as expected, the family was notified and then decided to go to the beach to search for him.

Upon arrival to the beach, Turnbull’s towel, keys, hat, and watch were found in the sand. They also noticed that his white Toyota truck was parked alongside the beach locked and secured.

The son of Turnbull who was present on the beach stated that he tried calling his father but quickly realized his mobile device was in the parked truck.

The vehicle was processed and the items recovered on the beach were collected by the VIPD Forensic Unit.

Several law enforcement agencies assisted in searching for the missing man on the beach, police said.

On Friday, August 12 Turnbull was discovered on the shore line face down on John Brewers Bay Beach at approximately 5:21 a.m. and later identified by his next of kin, the VIPD said.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

1 Comment

  1. Alfred Thomas
    August 14, 2016 at 5:44 AM — Reply

    So sad, to hear how u guys lost ur love one, i guess he knew it was time fore him too go home. RIP king.

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