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Man's Body Found Floating in Cruz Bay

Aug. 9, 2006 – Police Tuesday discovered the body of a white man believed to be between the ages of 45 and 50 floating in Cruz Bay.
Police Department spokeswoman Shawna Richards said Wednesday that police have not yet positively identified the man.
However, Richards said a traveler's check with a name on it was found in his pocket, adding that the name matched one on a birth certificate discovered on a nearby beach.
"Police have not determined if foul play is involved," she said.
Richards added that the police report indicates the dead man may have been in the water for several hours because rigor mortis had set in. An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death, according to Richards.
She said the man is between five feet eight inches and six feet tall and weighs between 170 and 190 pounds. He was found wearing blue shorts and a brown T-shirt. Richards said his hair appears dark in a faxed photo.
She said the man has several tattoos, including one of a knife and a dagger on the left side of his body and one of a hyena on the right side of his body. She said his right forearm had a drawing of a dragon.
According to Richards, police got a call from a charter boat captain about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday about the body. She said V.I. National Park rangers removed the body from the water.
The man was pronounced dead at 11:25 a.m. Tuesday by Dr. Elizabeth Barot at Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center.

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