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Body Of 48-Year-Old Georgia Snorkler Found At Cabrita Point This Weekend: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A Georgia man who went missing Thursday afternoon was found early the next day on the shoreline at Cabrita Point on the far eastern end of St. Thomas, authorities said.

Robert James Holliday Jr.’s girlfriend reported him missing to the 911 Emergency Call Center at 7:58 p.m. Thursday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said. She told police that Holliday he had gone snorkeling at Cabrita Point about 1 p.m. Thursday and not returned.

VIPD officers, St. Thomas Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard all searched the area without results Thursday night, according to VIPD spokesman Toby Derima.

Holliday, 48, of Savannah, Ga. was found on the shoreline still in snorkeling gear at 6 a.m. Friday, according to Derima. The cause of death is still unknown pending an autopsy.

Police ask that anyone with information about Holliday’s death to call 911, the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-774-2211 ext. 5579 or 5557, or the paying anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers VI 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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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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