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Foul Odor Leads Police To Human Remains In Bushes Near Red Hook: VIPD

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A man reported a bad smell coming from the bushes near his east end St. Thomas residence and when police investigated they found a possible decomposed body on Friday afternoon, authorities said.

The 911 Emergency Call Center received a call from a concerned citizen who noticed a foul odor near his residence in Smith Bay – vicinity of Red Hook at 4:28 p.m. Friday, the Virgin Islands Police Department said.

“Officers traveled to the area and discovered possible human remains in the bushes,” VIPD spokesman Toby Derima said. “Cause of death is unknown at this time, pending the autopsy.”

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call 911, the Major Crime Unit at (340) 714-9804, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS. Remember, if you see something, say something.

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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