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Body Of Lyana Serieux Found Floating In Cistern In Grove Place on Thursday After ‘Foul Odor’ Reported

Body Of Lyana Serieux Found Floating In Cistern In Grove Place on Thursday After 'Foul Odor' Reported

REMAINS RECOVERY: St. Croix rescue workers prepare for their descent into the cistern to recover the body of Lyana Serieux, 24, on Thursday afternoon in Estate Grove Place.

FREDERIKSTED — Police on St. Croix have three bodies, three crime scenes and no official suspects now that the fully-clothed body of Lyana Serieux was found floating in the cistern of an abandoned building in Grove Place on Thursday afternoon.

Serieux, 24, had been missing since Friday afternoon.

The naked bodies of her two sons Jordan, 10, and Jeremiah, 5, were found by people repairing a fence near the entrance to Halfpenny Bay beach on Tuesday morning.

Ironically, the clothing of the two boys was the first solid clue police had that they were close to finding the body of their mother.

As Jordan and Jeremiah’s clothing was discovered behind the building that contained the body of their mother — it is located behind the Mutual Homes housing community.

Police initially spotted Lyana Serieux’s body in the cistern about 2 p.m. on Thursday after the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) received a tip about a “foul odor” in the area.

St. Croix Rescue called the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) to first clear the overgrown brush in the area and then pump out some of the water in the cistern to make the retrieval of the body easier.

It took four people wearing protective clothing — two of whom had to be lowered into the cistern — to bring the body out of the tank.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. said that the VIPD “will work aggressively to find the perpetrator or perpetrators of the crimes that led to the deaths of the three Serieux family members.

The Serieux’s first went missing after 5 p.m. on Friday. Richards confirmed that police detectives are looking in to a possible connection between the suicide death of Linton Eddy in Barren Spot on Saturday — to the crimes that most likely happened six days ago.

Because the body had been in water for about a week, it was partially decomposed and police had to use tattoos of the names of Lyana’s two son’s Jordan and Jeremiah — and a piece of jewelry she was known to own — to identify her remains.

As was first reported in the Virgin Islands Free Press, Eddy reportedly paid off what was owed to the bank on the car that Serieux used to drive.

A confidential source said privately that Eddy was furious that Serieux could not spend more time with him after he performed that financial favor for her — leading to her violent death at his hands — and the brutal killing of her two children as well.

Police said that an autopsy will be performed on Serieux’s body to determine how it was that she was murdered.

People on St. Croix came out in great numbers to help police in the search for the missing family and the police commissioner thanked the public for its help and tips.

There were daily prayer vigils involving nearly 40 people every afternoon near Fort Christiansvaern in Christiansted praying for the safe discovery of Lyana Serieux.

Serieux had applied to the VIPD to become an officer and was scheduled to graduate in an upcoming class this year.

VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte promised to call back and say whether Serieux had been found in the cistern with clothing or not, but failed to do so by the V.I. Free Press deadline.

After the Virgin Islands Free Press posed the question, the answer to the question was posted in another news source, with Dratte saying that Serieux had been found fully clothed wearing a skirt and beige blouse when she was found in the cistern.

Professional police investigators know that if the victim is left to be found with their clothes off, it is a sign that the killer is emotionally attached to the victim and wanted to humiliate them even  in death.

The fact that Serieux was found fully clothed suggests that Linton Eddy, the home grow marijuana farmer who committed suicide on July 29 — was not the killer — because he is reported to have had an intimate relationship with the victim.

Body Of Lyana Serieux Found Floating In Cistern In Grove Place on Thursday After 'Foul Odor' Reported

TORCHED! Police believe whoever burned the silver Toyota Yaris that Lyana Serieux was driving also killed her and her two sons Jordan and Jeremiah.

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Bulletproof 360 Collagen Protein Bars, Bites Sold In The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Are Being Recalled

Bulletproof 360 Collagen Protein Bars, Bites Sold In The U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico Are Being Recalled

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Protein bars and bites from  Bulletproof 360 are being recalled because they were made with cashew butter that may be contaminated with Listeria.

The Washington state-based company said that the bars and bites were sold in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, among other places nationally and internationally.

Five varieties are part of the recall: fudge brownie, lemon cookie and vanilla shortbread collagen protein bars; and fudge brownie and vanilla shortbread collagen protein bites.

That’s because those products were made with cashew butter from HVF, Inc., where facility testing came back positive for Listeria contamination. Bulletproof said it will be shipping out replacement bars made with a new cashew butter supplier.

No other Bulletproof products, including the company’s collagen protein powder, are affected by the recall.

No illnesses have been reported to date, the company said. adding that they were sold in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, among other places nationally and internationally.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause serious and sometimes deadly infections, especially in young children, elderly people or those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria can cause miscarriages and stillbirths in women who are pregnant.

The following products are being recalled:

Product Packaged Individual Net Wt. Box Net Wt. Individual UPC Box UPC Use by Dates Lot numbers
Fudge Brownie Collagen Protein Bar Individually packed in foil wrappers, then 12 packed in a box. Bar: 1.58oz (45g) 18.96 oz (540g) 815709021498 815709020811 11/1/2017
11/6/2017
11/14/2017
11/23/2017
12/1/2017
12/19/2017
12/25/2017
0957-011007-011087-011177-011257-011437-011497-01
Fudge Brownie Collagen Protein Bite Individually packed in foil wrappers, then 15 packed in a box. Bite:0.74 oz (21g) 11.10 oz(315 g) 815709021528 815709021535 12/27/17
11/28/2017
12/8/2017
1227-011327-011517-01
Lemon Cookie Collagen Protein Bar Individually packed in foil wrappers, then 12 packed in a box. Bar: 1.58oz (45g) 18.96 oz (540g) 815709021801 815709021795 11/7/2017
11/8/2017
12/14/2017
1017-011027-011387-01
Vanilla Shortbread Collagen Protein Bar Individually packed in foil wrappers, then 12 packed in a box. Bar: 1.58oz (45g) 18.96 oz (540g) 815709021481 815709020804 11/15/2017
11/22/2017
11/29/2017
12/11/2017
1097-011167-011237-011357-01
Vanilla Shortbread Collagen Protein Bite Individually packed in foil wrappers, then 15 packed in a box. Bite:0.74 oz (21g) 11.10 oz(315 g) 815709021504 815709021511 11/20/2017
11/27/2017
1147-011217-01

The recalled products were distributed between April 7 and June 12, 2017, in retail stores nationally and in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and on bulletproof.com to customers nationally and in the following locations: Australia, Bahrain, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Cayman Islands, China, Finland, France, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

What to do

Customers who purchased the recalled products should not eat them, but return them to Bulletproof for a replacement or bulletproof.com store credit.

Consumers with questions or concerns may contact Bulletproof customer service at 1-425-434-9704 Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PDT).

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SPECIAL REPORT: Shunned From Bond Market, Territory Will See If It Can Float Itself Out Of Its Cash Crisis

SPECIAL REPORT: Shunned From Bond Market, Territory Will See If It Can Float Itself Out Of Its Cash Crisis A nurse stands next to closed toilets at the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center in Estate Diamond near the Sunny Isle Shopping Center on St Croix. (PHOTO BY: Alvin Baez/Reuters)

CHRISTIANSTED — For a glimpse at the precarious financial health of St. Croix, visit its public hospital.

Pipes underneath the emergency room collapsed in May, causing waste water to back up through the drains.

Now workers and visitors – even patients – use portable toilets set up on the sidewalk.

The hospital doesn’t have the cash for new plumbing.

For years the Virgin Islands funded essential public services with help from Wall Street. Investors lined up to purchase its triple-tax-exempt bonds, a form of debt free from municipal, state and federal taxes.

Now the borrowing window has slammed shut. Trouble in neighboring Puerto Rico, which recently filed for a form of bankruptcy after a string of debt defaults, has investors worried that the Virgin Islands might be next.

With just over 100,000 inhabitants, the protectorate now owes north of $2 billion to bondholders and creditors.

That’s the biggest per capita debt load of any U.S. territory or state – more than $19,000 for every man, woman and child scattered across the island chain of St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John.

The territory is also on the hook for billions more in unfunded pension and healthcare obligations.

“We have a government that we can’t afford, and now all of it is converging,” said Holland Redfield, a former six-term St. Croix senator who hosts a radio talk show about politics in the territory. “We’re getting to the point where we may have a potential meltdown.”

Ratings agencies have downgraded the islands’ credit ratings deep into junk territory. With the U.S. Virgin Islands shut out of the credit markets after a failed January bond issue, officials are scrambling to stabilize its finances after years of taking on debt to plug yawning budget holes.

The government proposes to slash public spending by 10 percent. It recently hiked taxes on liquor, cigarettes, sugary drinks and vacation timeshares. And it has threatened to auction homes and businesses of property-tax deadbeats.

Gov. Kenneth Mapp is quick to reassure bondholders that they get first crack at one of the territory’s largest funding sources: rum taxes. The money pays debt service before heading to government coffers, a protection called a lockbox.

The Virgin Islands has “never been late on a payment, much less defaulted on a bond or loan agreement,” Mapp said during his State of the territory address in January.

But how these islands will recover from years of budget deficits and a severe liquidity crisis remains to be seen. The territory lost its single-largest private employer five years ago when a refinery shut down.

Gross domestic product has declined by almost one-third since 2008. At times this year the government was operating with just two days’ cash on hand.

Locals live with pitted roads, crumbling schools, electricity outages and deteriorating medical care.

At the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center, plumbing troubles are just the beginning. Doctors have stopped performing some vital procedures, including implanting pacemakers and heart defibrillators, because the facility can’t pay suppliers for the devices, officials say.

“We have gone from bad to worse, and the patients are the ones who are suffering,” said Dr. Kendall Griffith, an interventional cardiologist who recently left the island to take a job in a Georgia hospital. “It’s forcing physicians to make hard decisions.”

Forgotten Islands

Before Puerto Rico imploded under $70 billion in debt and $50 billion of unfunded pension liabilities, few in Washington noticed troubles brewing in the other inhabited U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Residents of these places are U.S. citizens, but they can’t vote in presidential elections and their Washington delegates are non-voting figureheads. Despite high poverty rates and joblessness, the territories receive just a fraction of the federal funding allocated to U.S. states for entitlements such as Medicare and Medicaid.

To bridge the gap, some have turned to the bond market. Bond issues typically fund infrastructure and capital projects. But in the case of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, officials increasingly relied on borrowed money to fund government operations.

Debt loads for both territories have grown to staggering proportions, now surpassing 50 percent of their respective GDPs. That’s higher than anywhere in the nation and sharply above the state median of 2.2 percent, Moody’s Investors Service found.

(For a graphic on U.S. territory debt, see: tmsnrt.rs/2h8TGIo)

Bond buyers for years whistled past the territories’ shaky finances, comforted in the knowledge that these governments couldn’t seek bankruptcy protections available to many municipalities.

“There was an idea that because of the lockbox structure and the fact that the territories did not have a path to bankruptcy, they had to pay you,” said Curtis Erickson, San Francisco-based managing director of Preston Hollow Capital, a municipal specialty finance company.

That all changed in 2016 when Congress passed legislation known as PROMESA giving Puerto Rico its first access to debt restructuring. The move sparked a ferocious battle among creditors to see who would shoulder the largest losses.

Investors quickly surmised the U.S. Virgin Islands might pursue the same strategy. In December, S&P Global Ratings downgraded the territory by a stunning seven notches to B from BBB+, putting it well below investment grade.

The U.S. Virgin Islands is adamant that S&P and other ratings agencies overreacted. The territory has been unfairly “tainted by Puerto Rico’s pending bankruptcy,” and has no intention of pursuing debt restructuring, said Lonnie Soury, a government spokesman.

In addition to tax hikes and budget cuts, he said the current administration is looking to do more with its tourism and horse racing industries to boost development.

Big Debts, Few Options

In the meantime, the U.S. Virgin Islands is trapped in a circle of hock that’s making it tough to maneuver.

The government and its two public hospitals, for example, owe a combined $28 million to the territory’s water and power authority, known as WAPA. In turn, WAPA owes about $44 million to two former fuel vendors.

Then there’s the $3.4 billion of unfunded liabilities for public pensions and retiree healthcare. The pension fund is 19.6 percent funded and projected to run out of money by 2023.

Pensioners can wait months before their annuities start, because the government is behind on its contributions. St. Croix resident Stephen Cohen, 67, said it took almost a year after he retired as a high school biology teacher before he received his first check in 2016.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Shunned From Bond Market, Territory Will See If It Can Float Itself Out Of Its Cash Crisis

A nurse pushes a patient in a wheelchair through a hall of the Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center (PHOTO BY: Alvin Baez/Reuters)

SPECIAL REPORT: Shunned From Bond Market, Territory Will See If It Can Float Itself Out Of Its Cash Crisis

SPECIAL REPORT: Shunned From Bond Market, Territory Will See If It Can Float Itself Out Of Its Cash Crisis

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Bodies Of 2 Boys Believed To Be From The Serieux Family Discovered By Landscaper Near Halfpenny Bay Beach

Bodies Of 2 Boys Believed To Be From The Serieux Family Discovered By Landscaper Near Halfpenny Bay Beach

HAPPY FAMILY: Jordan Serieux, 10, (left back) Jeremiah Serieux, 5, (middle) and Lyana Serieux, 24, pose during happier times on St. Croix. The two boys were found partially decomposed near the entrance to a South Shore beach late this morning — between Catherine’s Rest and Halfpenny Bay.

CHRISTIANSTED — A St. Croix landscaper discovered the bodies of two people missing since Friday afternoon this morning — Jordan Serieux, 10, and Jeremiah Serieux, 5, near the entrance Halfpenny Bay beach — they are the two sons of Lyana Serieux, who police still hold out hopes for as being alive.

The two Serieux family members were found partially decomposed about 1,000 feet east of the entrance of Halfpenny about 20 feet from some open grass in the area about 11:15 a.m. today.

But experienced investigators admitted that it is unlikely that the 24-year-old Lyana Serieux would be found alive once the bodies of her male children were discovered dead but not burned today — but were unwilling to speculate about where the missing mother might be at this time.

Police said in a press conference today that they found the badly burned Toyota Yaris of Lyana Serieux in a non-residential farm area of Estate Upper Love on Monday night on Virgin Islands government land but that positive identification could not be made because the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) was partially destroyed in the fire.

Asked if the suicide of Linton Eddy, 43, of Barren Spot on Saturday was in any way connected to the Serieux family’s disappearance on Friday, VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said: “I could not say, I still have to speak to police investigators about that.”

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards and Territorial Police Chief Winsbut McFarlande held a press conference about 10:30 a.m. today in which they appealed to the public to help in the search and call in their tips that could lead to the successful conclusion of the search for the Serieux family.

Richards said Serieux previously got a restraining order against a former boyfriend but would not say if the boyfriend is the “person of interest” in the case.

About an hour after the start of the first press conference of the day, police went to the spot where the landscaper had discovered the bodies of the two young boys.

Police Detective Naomi Joseph said police have confirmed with all air carriers that Lyana Serieux has not left the island under her own identity.

A source speaking on condition of anonymity said that Serieux, who works at Kmart on St. Croix, walked into 1First Bank Virgin Islands on Friday and paid off all the money owed on the silver 2011 Toyota Yaris she was driving.

The St. Croix Avis said the badly burned car Serieux used was actually owned by a cousin, who was not named in the report.

Lyana Serieux and her two boys went missing that same day after they left her mother’s house at the Lagoon Street Complex near the Legislature and headed to their own home in Estate Cane which is directly behind Kmart West.

Eddy committed suicide in Barren Spot on the following day — Saturday.

The source said that Eddy, who had the money to give to Serieux for her or her family member because he had an indoor marijuana farm, was upset that she could not spend time with him immediately after he paid off all the money owed on the car she used.

“You can connect the rest of the dots, even if police investigators can’t,” the source added. “There’s a very good reason why the police refused to name the person of interest in this case at this time.”

Dratte confirmed after 5 p.m. today that only two of the missing persons were discovered today. An earlier version of this story said that three people had been found.

Police still did not respond to a request for more information up until the updated version of this story was completed at 5:09 p.m. today.

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Bodies Of 2 Boys Believed To Be From The Serieux Family Discovered By Landscaper Near Halfpenny Bay Beach

SOCIAL MEDIA: Lyana Serieux on Facebook.

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Gov. Mapp Chooses AT&T To Interface With Public Safety, Fire Services In USVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The territory is leading the way to modernize communications for its public safety community, according to a statement from Government House.

Gov. Kenneth Mapp announced his decision today to accept the FirstNet and AT&T plan to deliver a wireless broadband network to the territory’s public safety community, helping first responders save lives and protect communities.

“The United States Virgin Islands participated in FirstNet consultation and outreach activities throughout the planning of the network and reviewed the details of the FirstNet State Plan,” Mapp said. “I have determined that it is in the best interest of the United States Virgin Islands and the country to participate in the FirstNet deployment of the National Public Safety Broadband Network.”

This makes the U.S. Virgin Islands the first U.S. territory to “opt-in” to the FirstNet network.

AT&T, in a public-private partnership with FirstNet, will build, operate and maintain a highly secure wireless broadband communications network for the Virgin Islands’ public safety community at no cost to the territory for the next 25 years.

The FirstNet network will drive innovation and create an entire system of modernized devices, apps and tools just for first responders.

The FirstNet network will transform the way the Virgin Islands’ fire, police, EMS and other public safety personnel communicate and share information. Specifically, FirstNet and AT&T will:

  • Connect first responder subscribers to the critical information they need in a highly secure manner when handling day-to-day operations, responding to emergencies and supporting large events, like the Annual Carnival Festivals on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas.
  • Create an efficient communications experience for public safety personnel in agencies and jurisdictions across the territory during natural disasters, including hurricanes and tropical storms.
  • Enhance network coverage for first responders, residents and visitors alike across the islands and their coastlines.
  • Drive infrastructure investments across the territory.
  • Usher in a new wave of innovation that first responders can depend on. This will create an ever-evolving set of life-saving tools for public safety, including public safety apps, specialized devices and Internet of Things technologies.

Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. says the FirstNet technology marks a major improvement in public safety coordination and capability.

“This is consistent with the policy of this Administration to provide not only the training our first responders require, but the tools each agency needs to more efficiently respond to public safety issues by coordinating the use of available resources,” Richards said.

FirstNet and AT&T designed the territory’s network solution with direct input from the Virgin Islands’ public safety community.

FirstNet has been engaging with Virgin Islands’ officials and public safety personnel for years to address their unique communication needs. This includes expanding coverage across the territory, enabling state, local and federal agencies to effectively communicate and coordinate over the islands, even in remote areas and coastlines.

“Governor Mapp’s decision to join FirstNet demonstrates the Virgin Islands’ strong commitment to public safety,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth. “The FirstNet network will connect first responders across the territory’s diverse landscape – including waterways, coastlines and island terrain. FirstNet and AT&T are pleased to have delivered a plan that meets Virgin Islands’ unique needs, and we look forward to equipping first responders with the communications tools they need every day and in every emergency.”

The decision enables FirstNet and AT&T to begin creating an entirely new wireless ecosystem for public safety communications. Virgin Islands’ first responder subscribers will have immediate access to quality of service and priority to voice and data across the existing nationwide AT&T LTE network.

Preemption for primary users over the AT&T LTE network is expected by year-end. This means fire, police, EMS and other public safety workers will have dedicated access to the network when and where they need it – 24/7/365, like their mission.

“We’re honored to bring FirstNet to the U.S. Virgin Islands and continue our more than 70-year work with the territory,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president, AT&T – FirstNet. “This is a major step forward for the territory’s public safety community. By opting in, Governor Mapp is giving first responders access to the innovative tools and technologies they need to keep themselves as well as the residents and visitors they serve safer.”

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Police Say 24-Year-Old Lyana Serieux Has Been Missing Along With Her Two Children On St. Croix Since Friday

Police Say 24-Year-Old Lyana Serieux Has Been Missing Along With Her Two Children On St. Croix Since Friday

MISSING: Lyana Serieux, 24, and her two male children Jordan, 10, and Jeremiah, 5.

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) is asking for the public’s help to find a missing young St. Croix woman and her two male children.

Lyana Serieux, 24, who weighs about 140 to 160 pounds, has black hair, brown eyes and a brown complexion, was last seen on Friday, July 28 driving a 2011 Silver Toyota Yaris with license plate number is CFR 304, VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte said.

Serieux had her two children, 10-year-old Jordan Serieux and 5-year-old Jeremiah Serieux with her when she was last seen at the Lagoon Street Complex in Frederiksted headed towards their home in Cane Estate, according to Dratte.

Police investigators have discovered a badly burned Toyota Yaris that could be the missing woman’s car, but the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) was partially destroyed and cannot give detectives confirmation that it is Serieux’s vehicle, Dratte told the Virgin Islands Free Press this morning.

The VIPD said that it has been diligently searching for Serieux since Sunday and the department has asked volunteers to meet with members of the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) to participate in the search for the missing woman and her family.

Dratte said that Police Commissioner Delroy Richards Sr. will conduct a press conference at 10:30 a.m. today to discuss the disappearance of Serieux and her two boys.

A person on Facebook called on the community to come to Camp Arawak to continue searches along the beach in that area.

“VIPD can’t do it by themselves and there are children missing,” the person wrote. “We have a lot of other people missing over the years whose family are still grieving with no closure so let’s stop the talk and typing and try at least to stop the trend of sitting back and doing nothing.”

On LinkedIn, Serieux says that she works for Kmart Corp. and lives in Estate Kingshill.

The VIPD is asking anyone who knows of Serieux’s whereabouts to please contact them immediately at (340) 778-2211 or by contacting the anonymous tip line Crime Stoppers USVI at 1(800) 222-8477 or by calling 911.

Police Say 24-Year-Old Lyana Serieux Has Been Missing Along With Her Two Children On St. Croix Since Friday

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