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FEMA Employee Found Dead In Queen’s Quarter-Area Home Monday … VIPD Says ‘No Foul Play’ Involved

CHRISTIANSTED —  Police are investigating the mysterious simultaneous deaths of two Pennsylvania brothers whose bodies were discovered late Monday morning at a Queen’s Quarter-area home on St. Croix. No foul play is suspected, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a call about 11:09 a.m. Monday for a “welfare check” on a Federal Emergency Management Agency employee who did not show up for work, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Upon officer’s arrival at the home in Mary’s Fancy, Christiansted, officers discovered two unresponsive males in the interior of the home,” VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said on Monday night.

The house is the home of one of the deceased men, 69-year-old John Rapine, a FEMA employee. The other dead man was his brother, 61-year-old Joseph Rapine, according to the VIPD.

Joseph Rapine worked for a local concrete company on St. Croix, sources said.

John Rapine’s Facebook profile image, behind him is St. Croix’s East End in the photo.

A preliminary police investigation indicates “no signs of foul play at this time,” according to Dratte.

John Rapine’s home in Estate Mary’s Fancy is less than one minute’s drive from the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center in Estate Diamond. It is less than two minutes away from the Sunny Isle Shopping Center.

Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) detectives are awaiting the results of the autopsies of the two brothers to determine the exact cause of death for each man.

This case remains under active investigation by the CIB.

John Rapine said on social media that he attended Colorado State University. He also said on Facebook that he attended Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania.

 Each dead brother was identified by next of kin, 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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