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Body Burned Beyond Recognition Found In Stolen Jeep Near Stumpy Bay


CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police said that a badly-burned body was discovered in a stolen car rental on the West End of St. Thomas.

On Saturday October 22 a concerned citizen called the 911 Emergency Call Center to report seeing a badly-burned vehicle in the Estate Fortuna area.

When police arrived on the scene they found a “severely” burned Jeep Wrangler rental vehicle near Stumpy Bay that had been reported stolen.

As police conducted a closer inspection of the vehicle, they also found a “charred” human body that was burned beyond recognition.

“The identity of the individual could not be readily determined due to the condition of the vehicle and the human remains,” Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) spokeswoman Sakeeda Freeman said.

The case is currently under active investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau, according to Freeman.

If you have any information about this crime please contact the police department at (340) 774-2211 or the Homicide Task Force at (340) 714-5554 or (340) 714-5617.

You can also call the anonymous tipline Crimestoppers VI at 1-(800)-222-8477 or 911.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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. Original Ras Valley Man
    October 26, 2016 at 3:23 PM — Reply

    Sad situation this is what the vi comes to

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