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Body of 23-Year-Old Man Found North of Quarry Crusher in Ham’s Bluff on Monday

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FREDERIKSTED —The body of an unidentified man was discovered in a burned-out car in an overgrown, isolated area of Ham’s Bluff on Monday morning, police sources said.

Police did not identify the make and model of  the vehicle the body was found in but said they arrived on the scene at 10:13 a.m. on Monday. They did not say where in the car the body was found.

Authorities have not yet determined if the body met foul play and if the death was a murder or suicide.

A police source said the body was found north of the quarry crusher in Estate Ham’s Bluff.

Arson investigators from the Virgin Islands Fire Service were not allowed on the scene to determine if the fire that burned the body was set intentionally.

A police spokesman said the identity of the victim would be determined by an autopsy and/or next of kin.

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) did not issue a press release stating that they were investigating the discovery of the body.

A vehicle fire can generate temperatures of up to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit. Commercial crematoriums use a temperature of 1,600 to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit to ensure the total disintegration of a corpse.


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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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

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