VIPD reveals few details in investigation of woman's suspicious death on St. John

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ST. THOMAS - The questions are piling up as police investigate the suspicious death of a woman who was found dead in a St. John vacation villa after she and her husband had a quarrel the evening prior.

Police said that they cannot yet release the identity of the 41-year-old woman from Harrisonburg, Va., whose death was reported to 911 dispatchers at about 11:50 a.m. Sunday.

V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency records show the incident's location as the Lavendar Blue Seas, a vacation rental property in the Lavendar Hill Suites complex on a hillside above Cruz Bay.

Police also could not confirm Tuesday whether the husband, the only publicly known witness at this point in the investigation, was a person of interest or whether he still was in the territory.

"All the information that we can release at this point is released," said Melody Rames, spokeswoman for the V.I. Police Department.

The police issued a prepared statement Sunday stating that the husband reported having an argument with his wife Saturday evening. He slept outside in the vehicle that they had, he told police, and he awoke in the morning and unsuccessfully tried to get back into the rental.

He "called for assistance," he told police, though the police did not clarify who he called, and thereafter found the body of his wife. Police have not said whether any evidence of foul play was present, what kind of condition the body was in or whether she had sustained any injuries before her death, specifically ones that may have caused her death.

"When the autopsy is complete, we will know more," Rames said, though she did not say how long it would be before the medical examiner would complete the autopsy.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email

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