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SUICIDE TOURISM: Young White Man ‘In His 30’s’ Hangs Himself On A Doorknob At Sapphire House

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A resident of Sapphire House called the 911 Emergency Call Center to report that he attempted several times to make contact with his friend and neighbor, but was unsuccessful on Monday.

He further explained that he became concerned and traveled to his friend’s residence at Unit 304 of Sapphire House, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. After repeatedly making attempts to contact his friend, he then peered into his apartment and discovered that he was hanging from the apartment’s door knob.

Upon police investigators arrival to the scene, they discovered an unresponsive white man, who appeared to be in his early 30’s hanging from the unit’s door knob.

At this time the identity of the male has not been released pending notification of next of kin.

Preliminary Investigation has ruled this incident as a suicide, according to the VIPD.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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