DNA test reveals skeletal remains belong to missing St. John woman
Published: January 22, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - Detectives on St. John said Monday that human skeletal remains found on the island in August 2012 have been identified as belonging to missing St. John resident Seara Samantha James.
James had been missing since October 2011, according to police. Detectives said they contacted the family privately a few days ago and gave them the opportunity to begin to deal with their loss before releasing the information to the public.
Police said the last time James contacted a family member was Oct. 11, 2011. According to police, James was at Castaway's Bar that evening. She left the bar shortly after 5 p.m., and was seen by Mongoose Junction, Nature's Nook and by Power Boyd prior to her disappearance. James was 21 at the time.
The family filed a missing person report on Oct. 13, 2011.
The skeletal remains were discovered on Aug. 1, 2012, at Estate Adrian on St. John, police said. Police sent a DNA sample to an FBI lab on Aug. 8, 2012, and received the results last week.