V.I. Police remain tight-lipped about years-old suspicious death on St. John


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ST. THOMAS - V.I. law enforcement officials are not releasing details about the death of a woman whose funeral service was held Monday, though she went missing more than two years ago.

However, the V.I. Attorney General's Office said Monday that foul play was suspected in the death of 21-year-old Seara James.

James went missing Oct. 13, 2011, and slightly less than a year later, her skeletal remains were discovered in Estate Adrian on St. John, V.I. Police reported at the time.

Not until Monday was James's family able to mourn her death, as the remains were sent to a lab for analysis for an unspecified amount of time. Authorities still are tight-lipped about the findings thus far surrounding the circumstances of James' death.

"There was suspected foul play," V.I. Attorney General Vincent Frazer told The Daily News on Monday.

Frazer said he could not speak to what kind of evidence pointed authorities to believe that James's death was the result of foul play, nor what James's cause of death was. The case is being handled by the Attorney General's Office's criminal division, he confirmed.

V.I. Police are waiting for the Attorney General's Office to release its opinion on the case before moving forward, V.I. Police Commissioner Rodney Querrard said Monday.

"No case is more important than the other, but I want closure for this family," Querrard said.

James' family reported last hearing from her two days before they reported her missing. That same evening, she was spotted at Castaway's Bar in Cruz Bay on St. John, her home island.

She left Castaway's Bar shortly after 5 p.m. that evening and was seen near Mongoose Junction, Nature's Nook and Power Boyd thereafter. The skeletal remains were discovered on Aug. 1, 2012, though police never said in what condition they were found or what exact location they were found.

James was buried at Cruz Bay Cemetery on Monday morning with arrangements handled by Hurley-Davis Funeral Home.

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

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