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Body parts found on Peter Island yet to be identified- RVIPF

- search continues for missing persons of capsized boat
Peter Island, as seen from Tortola. The body parts found there on July 15 and 18, 2016 have not yet been identified, according to the RVIPF. Photo: VINO
The RVIPF has received the support of the crew of RFA Wave Knight, seen here alongside a cruise ship today, August 11, 2016, in the continuing search for missing persons, who are believed to have been on a vessel that capsized in VI waters on Sunday, July 10, 2016. Photo: VINO
The RVIPF has received the support of the crew of RFA Wave Knight, seen here alongside a cruise ship today, August 11, 2016, in the continuing search for missing persons, who are believed to have been on a vessel that capsized in VI waters on Sunday, July 10, 2016. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The body parts discovered on the shores of Peter Island on July 15, and 18, 2016 respectively, are yet to be positively identified nearly a month later.

This is according to Police Public Relations Officer, Diane Drayton today, August 11, 2016.

The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) had confirmed our first and accurate story on July 15, 2016 about the discovery of a human leg on the private island.

According to reports, the dismembered limb was discovered on a beach by workers on the island.

Police had also said in a press release that additional body parts were found during a subsequent search on Monday July 18, 2016.

There have been speculations that the body parts may belong to persons who perished after a boat reportedly capsized in waters off the Virgin Islands sometime between the night of July 9, 2016 and Monday morning, July 11, 2016.

According to reports, the vessel was travelling from St Maarten to St Thomas, US Virgin Islands when tragedy struck off VI waters.

“Body parts were recovered on Peter Island on Friday and are being processed by RVIPF and the BVIHSA. Additional body parts were also recovered on Monday afternoon [July 18, 2016]. RVIPF has not located the capsized vessel and has not established clearly the number of persons aboard. Identification was recovered for five person,” the RVIPF had stated in a press release.

Search continues for missing persons

The RVIPF also announced in a press release yesterday, August 10, 2016 that it received the support this week of the crew of RFA Wave Knight in the continuing search for missing persons, who are believed to have been on a vessel that capsized in VI waters on Sunday July 10, 2016.

“Since that date, certain remains have been found in and around the islands and a concerted effort is being made to answer questions of family members awaiting news of their loved ones,” the press release stated.

Commissioner of Police Michael Matthews thanked the crew of the Lynx helicopter, which is on board the RFA Wave Knight.

 "The crew is here to support the overseas territories during the hurricane season, but they have volunteered their services to fly and assist in the search of uninhabited islands in and around the BVI. It is a great opportunity for us to examine the coastlines and hopefully bring some peace to families in Cuba and the United States waiting for any news of their loved ones," he said.

The Commissioner went on to say that this is an international investigation and the United States Coastguard is still supporting the RVIPF in searching the waters.

3 Responses to “Body parts found on Peter Island yet to be identified- RVIPF”

  • vex (11/08/2016, 18:31) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    So sad so sad
  • voter (11/08/2016, 22:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    It will be hard. They will need to keep DNA and get samples from relatives in Cuba to match. It will be very hard to do.
  • Just saying... (12/08/2016, 09:17) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    hope these local obeah politicians not up to no good again


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