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UPDATE: Body washed ashore believed to be VG resident

The scene where the body is reported to have washed ashore.

The body that was discovered in the Fat Hog’s Bay area of Tortola on Tuesday is believed to be that of Virgin Gorda resident, Franklyn Malone.

While police have released his identity, they said further confirmation is being sought.

“Forensic tests will be required to make a positive identification,” the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF) said in a media release Wednesday afternoon.

The body had washed up ashore just after midday on November 24, police said.

Images of the body sent to our news centre show that the deceased man was naked, bruised, and decomposing.

The RVIPF said they are investigating the cause of death.

Previously Published Article (November 24, 2020)

A body has been found in the Fat Hog’s Bay area of Tortola.

It was discovered in a state of decomposition on Tuesday, November 24, police told BVI News.

Neither the exact location where the body was found nor the gender of the deceased has been disclosed. But BVI News understands that the forensics unit of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force is now processing the scene.

“There are no other details available at this time,” police told our news centre.

BVI News will provide more information as this breaking story develops.


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  1. decomposition says:

    so sharks have been feeding

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Hmm so nobody didn’t realize the deceased person was missing? Seems fishy

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    • Liane says:

      There is nothing “fishy” about someone who hasn’t been noticed missing. LOTS of people live alone and often don’t see friends or family for more than a week at a time. If they are retired or unemployed self-employed and work from home … why would anyone suspect something is wrong?

      Come on man, don’t start talking conspiracy theories or assume something is “fishy” unless you KNOW that’s the case!

      My sincere condolences to his or her friends and family.

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  3. lol says:

    Irony..Body aint his name too?

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  4. Anonymous says:

    No one realizes that this person was missing? Why are we so cold and heartless? My God I put myself in others shoes all the time and say that could be me.
    This person had a soul, they have family, seriously we have lost our way.
    Where is the love?

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  5. Uh says:

    If no one is reported missing, chances are they probably not from here ?

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  6. Some of the blogs says:


  7. 5 44 says:

    Virgin Islands News Online is way better than BVI News.

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    • @ 544 says:

      I’m pleased that BVI News has shown responsibility on not disclosing the deceased name. This is the norm of newspapers to allow the Police to inform the family in a professional way at a sensitive time.

      As you commented VINO has disclosed the persons name but it shows the lack of integrity of their new reporting.

      Good work BVI News compared to your counterpart.

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  8. SMH says:

    How are they able to identify a decomposed body within hours? V*** is unscrupulous and has no regards to moral scrupples.

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