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VIPD: ‘Caucasian’ Man Found Hanging From Boom At Saga Haven Marina on Saturday

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Virgin Islands Police Department patrol officers from the Mariel C. Newton Command, members of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, along with Emergency Medical Technicians responded to a 911 call of a body discovered on a vessel in the Benner Bay area of St. Thomas on Saturday about 4:45 p.m.

Upon arrival, officers observed and encountered a Caucasian male who was hanging from a rope tied to the boom of the vessel, according to the VIPD.

“Emergency Medical Technicians on the scene confirmed that the male displayed no vital signs,” VIPD spokesman Karl Caesar said. “Preliminary investigation did not show any signs of foul play on the scene where the vessel was anchored between the Compass Point and Saga Haven Marinas.”

Detectives will rely on the medical professionals, who will determine the cause of death, pending the completion of an autopsy. The identity of the Caucasian male is being withheld until proper notification of the next of kin can be achieved.

This case is under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

Anyone having any information about this or any other crime please contact the Virgin Islands Police Department at (340) 774-2211 ext. 5617, Major Crime Unit at (340) 714-9830 or the Criminal Investigation Bureau (340) 714-9807. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800) 222-8477 or 911.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 50 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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