VIPD investigates murder after body washes ashore on a Frederiksted beach


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ST. CROIX - Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man whose body washed up on a Frederiksted beach Monday morning.

V.I. Police spokeswoman Melody Rames said Major Crime Detectives are investigating the death of the man who was later identified as 29-year-old Curdellius Monchary.

She said the man's body was found by residents in the area in shallow waters in the beach area just south of Rainbow Beach about 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Police said they suspect foul play in Monchary's death, primarily because of at least one deep laceration to the back of his neck, and classified it as a murder.

Rames said Monchary's family had reported him missing to police just before his body was found, saying that he had last been seen about 7 p.m. Sunday and had not returned home.

Rames said the case is under investigation and detectives are asking anyone who may know anything about the circumstances surrounding the death to contact police.

Detectives can be reached at 712-6030, 712-6077 or by calling 911. She said information can also be passed on to police by calling the anonymous tip line at Crime Stoppers USVI at 1-800-222-8477.

Monchary's murder is the 18th reported in the territory this year, including two vehicular homicides. To date, nine of those homicides have occurred on St. Thomas. This is the eighth on St. Croix including the two vehicular homicides, which occurred in January. One murder has occurred this year on St. John.

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

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