V.I. police identify woman found dead at St. John villa


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ST. THOMAS - V.I. Police have identified the woman who was found dead in a St. John vacation villa March 2.

Kimberly Lapsley, of Harrisonburg, Va., was visiting St. John with her husband, Samuel Lapsley, according to an obituary from Johnson Funeral Service Inc. A funeral is being held Saturday in Penn Laird, Va.

In lieu of flowers, those attending the service are being asked to make donations to St. John Animal Care Center in honor of Lapsley, who was fond of animals, and the center for its work with animals.

Lapsley, who visited St. John several times, had been celebrating her birthday during her and her husband's stay.

Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy and a toxicology report from the V.I. Office of the Medical Examiner before they release any further information about her death.

As yet, police have made no mention of evidence of foul play.

Police interviewed Lapsley's husband the day that he discovered his wife's body.

He told police that he and his wife had an argument in the Cruz Bay villa where they were staying, after which he slept outside the rental property in his vehicle.

The next morning he tried to enter to the villa but could not gain access, according to V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames.

Samuel Lapsley called an undisclosed party to assist him in getting inside the property. Once inside, he discovered the body of his wife, Rames said.

Kimberly Lapsley was adventurous, according to the obituary, and she had planned to sky dive during her trip to the territory. She also planned to sail and island hop with some of her friends on St. John, whom she had come to know and love in the last few years, according to the obituary.

Anyone can make donations in Kimberly Lapsley's name to the Animal Care Center of St. John, P.O. Box 429 St. John, V.I., 00831-0429, 340-774-1625. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.johnsonfs.com.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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