Sept. 18, 2006 – A 34-year-old William's Delight man whose family said had gone missing earlier this month was found floating in an opened cistern in the LaGrande Princesse area, some 30 miles from his Frederiksted home.
Police spokeswoman Shawna Richards said Monday that Moses "Shadow" James was discovered by a property owner who went to investigate the cause of a persistent foul odor.
"He was found floating in an uncovered cistern, and we will await an autopsy to determine if foul play was involved," Richards said Monday.
She said police received the call at 8:39 a.m. Sunday and responding officers retrieved the body later identified as James.
Police said that the body was partially decomposed and that it had been floating in about 4 feet of water when it was found.
James' wife reported him missing shortly after noon on Sept. 8 and police had been asking the community's assistance in finding him.
James was employed with a HOVENSA subcontractor, Wyatt V.I. Some of his co-workers organized searches in Frederiksted last week after searching the LaGrande Princesse area to no avail.
James was last seen in the LaGrande Princesse area with friends the night before he was reported missing.
On a better note, another man who was reported missing last week has since been reunited with his family, Richards said.
The family of Deon McKenzie, 32, of Estate Whim reported him missing last Wednesday morning.
"He returned home," Richards said.
Police declined to elaborate.
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