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Cause of death of body found floating near VC still undetermined

The Police Marine Base on Tortola. (Photo Credit: RDA)

The police have not yet determined the cause of death of the male body found floating in waters near Village Cay on Thursday, April 29.

Law enforcers also said positive identification of the body is still being made.

However, the police’s Preliminary inquiries suggests that the deceased is 65-year-old Ryan Smolderen.

He is a native of South Africa who resided on the vessel Silent Wings dock at the marina.

“Smolderen was reported missing earlier in the day by a friend. Officers of Royal Virgin Islands Police Force Marine Unit, Virgin Islands Search and Rescue, Major Crime Team and Scenes of Crime attended the scene near Village Cay Marina yesterday afternoon,” the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force said in a media release on Friday.

“An unresponsive male was recovered floating in the water near the mangroves and taken to Marine Branch where he was pronounced dead,” tInvestigations are ongoing,” the police added.

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  1. concern says:

    Tortolans, adult and children alike must be traumatized by now by so many incidents of murder in the community.. What has happened to our peaceful islands? A good quality of life is important for the citizens of these islands. The population should not get larger as things have fallen apart. Many of us remember when we roamed these islands as children with no fear of ever being harmed. What has happened?? It is worthy of study to chart a different course. Keep the population small and fix the problems.

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    • Piddle says:

      You sound so foolish. People die everyday all over the world. Did the article say he was murdered? You probably didnt read the article but you come here talking piddle

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      • Me says:

        Very sad…however the bible said these things would happen in diverse places.. the bvi is not exceptional.

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  2. pow says:

    Who said that he was murder?

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  3. Concern says:

    Don’t fool yourselves, 6-7 murders in a small community in 4 months is horrible. This does not happen in many places with much larger populations.

  4. LILIS says:

    THIS IS NOT OUTSIDERS KILLING YOU ALL ENGLISH KILLING ONE ANOTHER BESIDES THIS MAN WAS NOT KILL MAYBE HE WAS DRUNK IN TOXICARED AND DRUPPED ON THE WATER OR MAYBE HAD A HEART ATTACK AND FELT IN THE WATER TRYING TO GET HELP.

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