Aug. 7, 2006 – Police on St. Croix are investigating an apparent homicide-suicide that was reported late Sunday night. Preliminary information from the crime scene at the rain forest in Frederiksted indicates that a citizen reported finding the bodies of a male and female.
Territorial Chief Novelle Francis Jr. confirmed just after midnight that the unidentified bodies were found in the rain forest and that Major Crime Unit detectives were beginning to analyze evidence at the scene.
No other information was immediately available. Shawna Richards, police spokeswoman, said that the double-killing could have resulted from a homicide-suicide but that "it was too early to tell."
The woman had been shot several times. An inspection of the man's body revealed a single gunshot wound, leading police to categorize the incident as a murder-suicide.
The 15-acre rain, thick forest with mahogany, kapok turpentine and samaan (rain) trees, and ferns and vines, is a popular attraction for visitors to St. Croix.
Police early Monday morning urged anyone with information to contact the Major Crime Unit at 778-4950 or at emergency 911.
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