Police Find Body in Cistern; May Be Missing Mother

Lyana Serieux (Photo from Facebook)
Lyana Serieux (Photo from Facebook)

The V.I. Police Department on Thursday found a woman’s body in a cistern on abandoned property behind the Mutual Housing Community and, while they have not yet confirmed an identity, have suggested it may be the body of 24-year-old Lyana Serieux.

Serieux was last seen alive Friday, July 28.

According to the VIPD, Criminal Investigation detectives received information Thursday morning about the case, and traveled to the location, where they discovered children’s clothing.

At around 2 p.m. detectives discovered a female body floating in a cistern in an abandon building.

Confirmation of the identity cannot be confirmed until further examination of the body.

10-year-old Jordan Serieux and 5-year- old Jeremiah Serieux in family photo. (From Facebook)
10-year-old Jordan Serieux and 5-year- old Jeremiah Serieux in family photo. (Facebook photo)

According to the police news release, Commissioner Delroy Richards and the VIPD extend their condolences and prayers to the family. The commissioner also said department “will move aggressively on the resolving this matter.”

A private business on St. Croix has started a reward fund in addition to the Crime Stoppers reward leading to an arrest of individual or individuals responsible for the crime.

Serieux was last seen with her two sons driving home. Two bodies believed to be of the boys, brothers Jordan and Jeremiah Serieux, were discoverd Tuesday in the bushes a quarter mile west of Ha’Penny Beach. Confirmation is pending DNA testing.

Anyone with information can contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-778-2211, the 911 emergency call center, or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477.

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