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Body Floating In Cruz Bay Creek Last Week Identified By Police As Atlanta Man

CRUZ BAY — The body of an Atlanta man found floating in the waters near Cruz Bay Creek on St. John last week has been identified by police.

Police said Andrew Dott, Jr., 49, was found near the Virgin Islands National Park’s visitors center with no forms of identification on him March 20.

The Virgin Islands Police Department met members of the St. John Rescue Unit, Emergency Medical Technicians and staff from the Medical Examiner’s Office as Dott’s lifeless body was pulled from the water.

EMTs found that Dott was unresponsive with no vital signs and he was declared dead on arrival.

Dott’s parents flew here from Georgia on Tuesday to positively identify their son’s body.

The VIPD is awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine Dott’s cause of death.

On March 6, police found another unidentified body floating near the NPS’ visitor’s center.

This person has yet to be identified by police who have appealed to community residents, hotels and taxi drivers to identify the victim.

Like, Dott, last month’s victim was a Caucasian man, 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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