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UPDATE: Ceasor was reportedly alive when found- Video reveals

Merlin Ceasor aka Spanish Bum was reportedly alive when found in waters near Jayla's Place on June 4, 2016. Photo: Team of Reporters
A screengrab of the scene where the grim discovery was made this afternoon June 4, 2016. Photo: Team of Reporters
A screengrab of the scene where the grim discovery was made this afternoon June 4, 2016. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- New information reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that Merlin Ceasor aka Spanish Bum was reportedly alive when found yesterday afternoon in Road Town, June 4, 2016.

Ceasor was reportedly found in the water in the area near to Jayla’s Place, Wickham's Cay 1.

In a video made at the scene of the discovery and sent to Virgin Islands News Online, the person doing the recording was overheard asking another “What happened here?”

The man replied: "I don’t know. I found him and was trying to pull him in…he was still alive…”

Ceasor was said to be "mentally troubled."

Police Information Officer Diane Drayton told this news site yesterday, "Yes, I can confirm that the body of a male was found in the Village Cay area. Police are at the scene at present. No other details are available at this time."

Efforts to reach Drayton and Commissioner of Police Michael ‘Mick’ Matthews this morning, June 5, 2016 to find out whether the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) was treating the matter as a homicide were futile.

See previous story published June 4, 2016

Body found in Village Cay area

Information just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that a man was found dead in the Village Cay area on the main island of Tortola this afternoon, June 4, 2016.

Virgin Islands News Online understands that the man has been identified as Merlin Ceasor aka Spanish Bum.

Our information of the discovery was confirmed by Police Information Officer Diane Drayton.

"Yes, I can confirm that the body of a male was found in the Village Cay area. Police are at the scene at present. No other details are available at this time," Drayton said.

73 Responses to “UPDATE: Ceasor was reportedly alive when found- Video reveals”

  • Huh? (04/06/2016, 19:13) Like (47) Dislike (39) Reply
    How the story says no information at this time and still have a photo of the man they found? This news site is so unprofessional.
    • jeez (04/06/2016, 19:40) Like (62) Dislike (6) Reply
      The reason the news said no info at this time means, they don't know how he died or how and why his body turned up where it was.
    • @ Huh? (04/06/2016, 20:14) Like (30) Dislike (12) Reply
      so why the hell you do not stay off VINO the big bad site eh?
  • journalist (04/06/2016, 19:15) Like (29) Dislike (7) Reply
    I hope the next of Kin was notified before publishing the name
    • @ journalist (04/06/2016, 21:09) Like (17) Dislike (7) Reply
      ole fool you was not asking about his next of kin when he was walking the streets and in trouble with the law set of wicked people
    • Forensics (04/06/2016, 21:17) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
      They are not going to publish anyone name or picture unless the next of kin was notified.
    • FYI (05/06/2016, 01:32) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
      his mother died a long time ago
  • vex (04/06/2016, 19:15) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    So sad
  • >>>> (04/06/2016, 19:20) Like (13) Dislike (3) Reply
    what the hell going on with Tortola???
    • @ Reply (04/06/2016, 23:59) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
      I guess it's easy for us to be "Monday morning Quarterbacks or Armchair critics" to all the problems facing the BVI, however it'll take a combine effort by the Government, Police, people and Opposition to come up with proper strategies to get Crime under control!
    • !!!!!!!!! (05/06/2016, 00:43) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
      @>>>>, one set of evil demons with pitchforks, horns, hoofs, a tail, no soul killing people and is living in our mists. That is what is going on with Tortola, natures BIG well kept secret.
    • Concerned (05/06/2016, 05:37) Like (13) Dislike (11) Reply
      Dis is only d smoke wit d shit NDP doin it is goin to get wurse. U see festivel coming n school to reopen in september dis is only d smoke. Ppl hurtin rite now tempers close to dem pu pooo
    • police (05/06/2016, 13:17) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
      so something has to be going on with tortola for someone to die?, people die everyday, murder, suicides, natural causes, come on, the guy died, we don't know the circumstances, cheeeeeeze.
      • wizeup (05/06/2016, 15:25) Like (4) Dislike (5) Reply
        @ police: you sound like a suspect( just saying)
        • wize up (05/06/2016, 17:59) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
          @ police: I do not mean to disrespectful to anyone; but some folks came to the BVI from places were crime and violent crimes are a daily something BUT I remember when the BVI had a murder once every 10 years so these gun crimes, robbing and shooting are very strange for the old-school folks: we most certainly not accustom this life style....people like this "police" charter may be accustom to such life style for "police" its a normal every day thing
      • ZZZZ (05/06/2016, 15:45) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
        @police, you must be one of the pitchfork carrying demons with a tail and hoofs.
      • Xxx (05/06/2016, 17:13) Like (1) Dislike (4) Reply
        @police, no police talk like that. You don't give a S$&t. Like the blogger said you are one of the Island demons with horns, a tail with a point, pitchfork and hoofs roaming around under the cover of darkness.
        • Not to defend (07/06/2016, 09:09) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
          But just because his nickname is police doesn't make him a police .. anyone could have name themselves "police"
  • me (04/06/2016, 19:21) Like (22) Dislike (1) Reply
    oh no that is my little friend RIP
  • me (04/06/2016, 19:23) Like (13) Dislike (5) Reply
    Gone to a better place I must say long live Merlin
    • Hmm (04/06/2016, 19:31) Like (23) Dislike (9) Reply
      Better place? Do u think everyone that dies going to heaven? If u live horrible on earth u ain't going to no better place. Unless u mean the morgue.. #realtalk
      • Saddened (04/06/2016, 20:30) Like (67) Dislike (1) Reply
        Where is heaven or hell??? Just ease up yo see. You never know at what point in death or before death someone can ask for forgiveness. You know what is considered horrible living? Ppl who go to church every Sunday and hear the same bum ask for food and deny him.
      • Really (04/06/2016, 21:39) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        And you felt this comment was really necessary on a news site? Hope you're satisfied with where you end up, jeez. #Negative
      • Hmmmm (05/06/2016, 00:52) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
        Can't blame you...that's how you were raised. No living soul knows where the dead go.
        • Concerned (05/06/2016, 19:08) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
          Rip. Initially on our first encounter, he spoke with such intelligence! I said to myself, " This guy has a promising future!" Fast forward a couple years after I realized that he had addiction/s. Please all these negative comments are not necessary. His battle was a public one that all eyes have seen but God knows we all have personal battles that only our Creator hath seen. Alcohol addiction is a serious problem! Lots of bars everywhere you turn and not sufficient facilities to assist with the problem. Mind you this is not unique to the BVI. Sadly it exists in most countries
    • Peaches (04/06/2016, 19:59) Like (12) Dislike (3) Reply
      And where is that better place? As far as what I understand from the Bible he has fallen asleep until the resurrection. Whether it be the first or second.
  • heart broken (04/06/2016, 19:38) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply
    Another murderer walking/driving the streets of the BVI. Though they be hidden from our eyes, the 'All Seeing' eyes of Almighty God saw who did it. You murderer your time and your family's time will come. As sure as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. To Lilibeth and Starky Ceasor and the rest of the family, my deepest condolences. RIP Merlin.
    • Inside Scoop?? (04/06/2016, 22:06) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Who said he was murdered??? I do not see anything saying how he died and indicating that he was murdered, or do you just have the inside scoop?
  • Hmmm (04/06/2016, 20:09) Like (11) Dislike (12) Reply
    My condolences but this dude is a trouble maker !
    • WTF (04/06/2016, 21:50) Like (2) Dislike (7) Reply
      Did he trouble you, with your negatives, dude go and eat a banana that you enjoy putting in your mouth
    • b&b (05/06/2016, 00:24) Like (16) Dislike (3) Reply
      @Hmmm, trouble maker or not, they did not have to do what they did to him. Everyone knew the man had head problems. For once understand when a person is acting the way he did, something is mentally wrong. Well, Tortola don't take mental illness as something serious. People in Tortola think mental illness is joke and the person is stupid or a problem.At least he is not suffering any more.
  • qc (04/06/2016, 20:14) Like (12) Dislike (8) Reply
    so is the new police chief on vacation?
    • Bart Simpson (04/06/2016, 21:43) Like (8) Dislike (5) Reply
      @qc, the police or the police chief don't have built in radar or x-ray vision. If people is not saying anything about crimes they know was committed how do you expect them to solve the crimes.

      • @ Bart Simpson (05/06/2016, 07:42) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
        early excuse just because he is white under Vernon ad Rynell there were not so much crime
  • --------------- (04/06/2016, 20:16) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Gosh this is very sad
  • sad (04/06/2016, 20:48) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Only This week I saw him in and outside of Bolos department store. And his look and actions troubled me. Felt sorry for him and now to see and hear this. Only God knows our last day. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends it's not easy to loose a love one. May his soul rest in peace.
  • Mick Mars (04/06/2016, 21:25) Like (18) Dislike (0) Reply
    May he finally find some peace.
  • lola (04/06/2016, 21:29) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    My condolences to Merlin's family.
  • Have to say (04/06/2016, 21:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If it was foul play, whoever was involved, is reading these blogs trying to get information.
  • SAD INDEED (04/06/2016, 21:36) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    I taught Merlin in Form 3 at then BVI high.He was an intelligent, respectful young man who spoke about a bright future. How his circumstances have changed. This is so sad. He always wanted to do better when one spoke to him or he begged for money. What a sad situation. When your neighbor's house on fire wet your own. Too many killings for this small BVI going unsolved. Merlin may have been an open bum-but there are "bums" dressed up in fancy clothing and living fancy lives and getting away with murder. My appeal to the community-The Commissioner cannot do it without the help of people who knows what is happening and is keeping silent.
  • Tyrone Bigums (04/06/2016, 21:37) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
    He gone to the great eight ball in the sky.
  • rebel with a cause (04/06/2016, 21:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Blessed my brother let your soul journey safely. Even tho you was unstable you didn't deserve the cruelty of a wicked one.
  • cay (04/06/2016, 22:33) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope he was not killed
  • Oh dear (04/06/2016, 23:41) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Rip Merlin. ..life is soo uncertain.
    • . (05/06/2016, 12:40) Like (1) Dislike (5) Reply
      wish it was me
      • No (06/06/2016, 00:02) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
        You are not going anywhere before your time. Learn to cope with the pressures of life. Also, don't be afraid to seek professional help.
  • B Real (04/06/2016, 23:48) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am surprised he did not deserve to die like this
  • Struggling Man (04/06/2016, 23:55) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Lawd help us.
  • dog (05/06/2016, 00:09) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    So much for national security under this ndp government
  • Tell them (05/06/2016, 00:34) Like (26) Dislike (2) Reply
    Merlin was never a bum, he was and always a true friend but some times in life people go a stray for different reason
    he was Mandinka boy from high school day's but the last time I talk to Crabbe, he told me Merlin was going away to get help, as I can see the pain in his eyes when he talk about merlin condition. but Crabbe told me merlin condition was not abut money but it was when merlin was ready to accepted help he said yow as much as I wanted to help merlin, you can't help no one until they make up there mind that they will accepted help

    Crabbe I know you hold merlin back until the end but at the same time I know there onlyso much a friend can do

    Crabbe I know he was your right hand man from school day's but right now I will tell you what you always tell me, hold your head up and stay strong because behind every dark cloud, there is a brighter day
  • maybe (05/06/2016, 07:15) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
    Just because he use to beg for money or food mean he was a bad person. And I hate when people use to call him bum, idiot, stupid and so on. he had his problems but he did not deserve what was done to him. Never look down on anyone or refuse them something to eat. We are all one paycheck away from the streets or going hungry.
  • bvi (05/06/2016, 14:02) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why are people bloggiing about this as though they know it was murder until we get the facts from the investigators? The guy, in his usual high state, could have very well fell into the water and hit his head and maybe he could not swim.
    • Onyx (05/06/2016, 22:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @BVI, only saying, someone is responsible or knows something, he did not go back there by himself. Dude talking about he drag him out of the water
  • Truth (05/06/2016, 14:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is human life we are talking about. God is judge alone. Many people go through a lot but in life we must give our roses to people when they living. I met him at a prison ministry and this guy was smart. God knows the heart so may he rest in peace and God continue to comfort his family. RIP in peace solider God go execute the judgement.
  • TheLaw (05/06/2016, 14:53) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    as bad as some of you said he was no one deserve to be killed like that ok
  • Just saying (05/06/2016, 16:00) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Feel bad for the dude. He is not around anymore to suffer. All of you that use to call him stink, dirty bum, idiot, stupid, crack head, and other dirty names when he ask for a dollar or something to eat, he is not around anymore to bother you all. The poor dude had mental illness.
  • only saying (05/06/2016, 16:54) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    I use to feel sad when I saw the way people use to treat him. When I see him he use to ask for a soda or bottle water or something to eat and I always got him food and water. He never ask me for money. I always try to help the less fortunate people on the street with something to eat or water.
  • ok (05/06/2016, 17:27) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope he did not suffer. Also hope the cameras in the area picked up something. He don't have to worry about people scorning, cursing and looking down on him like he was less of a human. RIP dude.

  • Social Development (05/06/2016, 18:38) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    Do your job
    • old folk (05/06/2016, 23:26) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      His brother was a policeman. I hope they figure out what happened.
      • Turk (06/06/2016, 01:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        They will. Just remember, people use to treat him bad but, he was seen everyday by people. Someone saw and know something. He went back there to meet up with someone or with someone.
  • yellow (05/06/2016, 18:47) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    this is just sad all around
  • ******* (05/06/2016, 23:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP hope you madeis right with Johova
  • sad (06/06/2016, 09:09) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was troubled and needed help. Everyone knew that! They did not need to kill him. He needed help! RIP CAESAR
    • Exactly (06/06/2016, 17:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is so true. The ones who use to mistreat him and say bad things about him it will come back to them. A lot of mental ill people use alcohol and drugs to fight and try to forget the things that is going on in there head.I know because one of my nephews have mental problems and he use to do the same thing with the drinking and drugs. He said demons was talking in his head so he use to drink and do drugs to make them stop and go away and when they did not, it use to make him violent.


  • Just saying (06/06/2016, 10:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mierda y como fue eso papa? Yo intente sacarlo, el estaba vivo ahora mismo. Estabamos forcejiando. Eso fue ahora mismo. Le dieron fue? Yo no se, yo mo se. Yo lo hale esta aqui, el estaba vivo. Estabamos forcejiando. Bueno, este es el hermano de Naun que acaba de fallecer. La policia viene por ahi. Que dios lo tenga en su santa gloria.

    Shit what happened here? I tried to pull him here, he was alive just now. We were fighting. That happened just now. He got hit? I dont know, I dont know. I dragged him here, he was alive. We were fighting. Well, this is Naun's brother who just died. The police is on the way. May god keep him in his tender mercies.

    That is the translation of the conversation. It's not just that he found and was trying to help him. Clearly he says they were fighting.
    • Birdie (06/06/2016, 11:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ok now. There you go. We were fighting. He was alive just now.I dragged him here. I tried to pull him here.
  • Greatest (06/06/2016, 11:30) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Seek Jah and Live.
  • So (07/06/2016, 20:47) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
    Based on the majority of comments concerning the deceased, one can surmise that he was dead for quite some time before he died.


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