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Police Investigating Body Found Floating In Altona Lagoon On Thursday: VIPD

CHRISTIANSTED — Police are investigating whether a St. Croix man might have been fatally injured by a boat propeller in a freak accident in Christiansted harbor on Thursday, authorities said.

Police officers were dispatched to Altona Lagoon on a report of a possible body in the Caribbean Sea about 5:08 p.m. Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Officers contacted two males out at sea who stated they discovered the body of a Caucasian male floating in the harbor,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said.

The officers brought the body to the shore where it was determined that there were no signs of life, according to Derima. 

“The body had severe injuries by what appears to be the propeller of a boat,” he said.

The victim was identified by his next of kin as Kenneth Steiner III, 67, according to the VIPD.

Police said the investigation into this sudden death is ongoing.

The VIPD is asking anyone who may have seen what happened to call 911, the Crime Tip Line at (340) 778-4950, or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-8477.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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