Unidentified Body Washes Up at Remote St. John Bay

A St. John resident discovered the body of an unidentified man Sunday at remote Privateer Bay on St. John. It appears the man was in the water for a "number of days."
"The body was very decomposed," Police Department spokesperson Melody Rames said.
A V.I. Police Department press release indicated the body was found on the rock at the eastern side of the rocky bay. Police were called to the scene at 3:20 p.m.
The press release indicated it appears the man was white. He was wearing three-quarter camouflage pants with a long-sleeve "bluish" shirt.
There were no reports of anyone matching that description missing from St. John or St. Thomas. This led St. Thomas Police Chief Rodney Querrard to call Tortola authorities. According to the release, he was told that a missing persons report was filed on a man who had not been located.
The BVI Beacon reported in its Feb. 3 online edition that a man was last seen leaving the Willie T in a small boat on Jan. 29.
The Willie T is a restaurant and bar anchored off Norman Island. It’s located about five miles from Privateer Bay. The man, who worked on a luxury yacht, was reported missing Jan. 30.
Rames had no information on any connection between the body found on St. John and the man last seen leaving the Willie T.
The press release indicated that police in St. Thomas/St. John and BVI law enforcement officials are working together to identify the body.
Querrard asked that anyone with information about the missing person call Det. Lionel Bess, Supervisor of the Major Crime Unit, at 642-8449 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-tips (8477).

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