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VIPD: St. Thomas Woman Nyla Peele Dies Of Ailment First Noticed Near Mitchel Motel In Estate Contant

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A woman identified by police as 47-year-old  Nyla Peele died Tuesday from injuries she sustained in an assault on Monday.

According to the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD), units from the Richard Callwood Command went to the Schneider Regional Medical Center Monday after finding out about an assault victim being treated there.

At the hospital, police investigators met with the physician on duty who informed them that the woman appeared to have sustained trauma to her head and a brain injury, according to the VIPD.

Police said that they were unable to obtain any information from the woman at the time, due to her injuries.

The hospital reported that the victim had died of her injuries on Tuesday, according to the VIPD.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that a concerned citizen called the 911 Emergency Call Center and reported an unconscious female, later identified as Peele, in Contant, in the vicinity of the former Mitchel Motel.

Peele was transported via ambulance to the hospital, authorities said.

Police asked anyone with information about the crime to contact the Major Crimes Unit at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5569. You can also contact 911, the Chief’s office at (340) 715-5548, or the anonymous tip line, Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

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  1. afterwhilecrocodile
    July 17, 2017 at 1:33 PM — Reply

    Lorna George was attacked several months back while sleeping inside one of the rooms at the Mitchel Motel and more than likely the person that attacked her just maybe the same person who murdered Nyla Peele…….

  2. Tee
    July 27, 2017 at 4:18 PM — Reply


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