Body ID’d as Moroney; No Foul Play Suspected

An autopsy has determined that the body found Feb. 23 on St. John was that of 70-year-old Mark Moroney, who disappeared Feb. 12, the V.I. Police Department reported Friday.

According to police, the medical examiner found no evidence of foul play.

Moroney was last seen Feb. 12 when he went out to his car to get a flashlight during a power outage. In the days that followed searchers combed the island but were unable to find any trace of the missing man.

“I’ve been doing this for 50 years, and I’ve never seen a case like this,” said Bob Malacarne, training officer for St. John Rescue. “It’s absolutely like he disappeared.”

The body was discovered 11 days after the disappearance, in a steep, heavily wooded area “embedded with Casha bush,” or thorns, according to VIPD spokesman Glen Dratte.

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