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VIPD: ‘No Foul Play’ With Dead Deon Stephens Found Floating In Cruz Bay Harbor

CRUZ BAY — Police do not suspect foul play in connection with the body of a man found floating in the St. John harbor here early this morning.

Deon “Physco” Stephens, 43, of Detroit, Michigan was identified by family members as the dead man, police and social media sources said.

About 7 a.m. today concerned citizens called the 911 Emergency Call Center to report that a body was floating in the harbor near the customs dock in Cruz Bay, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department.

Police and emergency support units immediately responded to the scene where they found Stephens, a Cruz Bay resident, floating in the harbor.

“Preliminary investigation indicates no signs of foul play at this time,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

The discovery remains under active investigation pending the medical examiner’s findings after an autopsy on the body.

On Facebook, Stephens said that he is a former U.S. Army sergeant who has studied at the University of the Virgin Islands and Kean University.

If anyone has more information about this incident, they are asked to please call the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) at 340-774-2211, Crime Stoppers USVI 1-800-222-8477 or 911.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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