No signs of foul play after body washes ashore in Christiansted


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ST. CROIX - Police on St. Croix are investigating the circumstances surrounding the body of a man that washed up near the Water Gut area of Christiansted early Wednesday morning and are seeking assistance from the community to identify the man's next of kin.

St. Croix Police Chief James Parris said Wednesday afternoon that workers on the overnight shift at the Seaborne Terminal in Water Gut notified police just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and alerted them to a body floating in the water on the western side of Christiansted Harbor.

He said officers responded and found an unresponsive man in the water who was fully clothed, wearing khaki shorts and a gray T-shirt.

Parris said the man still had his cellphone attached to his hip and his wallet in his pocket contained identification and money.

Police did not find any obvious signs of foul play, Parris said, noting that the man - whose identity is being withheld - had no visible injuries to any part of his body and may not have been in the water a long time.

The man was described as a resident of St. Croix, and Parris said residents who may have a family member of friend who they have not seen since Tuesday evening should call police.

According to the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency police blotter, an electronic listing of calls made to 911 dispatchers, the case initially was classified as a drowning and later was updated to a police assistance.

Parris said the final disposition of the case will be known following an autopsy later this week.

Anyone with information can call police at 911 or 778-2211 or call the Crime Stoppers USVI anonymous tip line at 1-800-222-8477.

- Contact reporter Fiona Stokes at 714-9149 or email fstokes@dailynews.vi.

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