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Foul Odor Alerts Police To Body Of Squatter In Abandoned House In Whim

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FREDERIKSTED — A concerned citizen put on the alert by a foul smell discovered a dead body on an abandoned property in Estate Whim on Thursday afternoon, according to police.

The 911 Emergency Call Center dispatched police about 12:02 p.m. Thursday to investigate a “suspicious odor” in Whim at a house where a man had been squatting, Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) spokesman Glen Dratte said.

The concerned citizen led police to the body of a black man who had been living in the abandoned building lately, Dratte said.

Police confirmed that the man, who was found in the house lying on a mattress, was in fact deceased.

The Forensic Team processed the scene the scene for clues. No determination has been made yet as to whether the dead man met with foul play.

Officials with the  V.I. Department of Justice transported the man’s body to the Juan F. Luis Hospital where he was officially pronounced dead.

The case has been referred to the Criminal Investigation Bureau for further investigation.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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. Newmo
    August 30, 2016 at 10:15 PM — Reply

    Hi, any update on this?

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