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Police Investigating Man Found Dead with Gunshot Wounds

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On September 21, at 7:31 a.m., the 911 Emergency Call Center received reports from concerned citizens of an unresponsive Black male on the shoulder of North Shore Road, in the vicinity of Salt River. Officers travelled to the area and corroborated the callers’ reports. Emergency Medical Technicians confirmed that the victim, identified by next of kin as 56-year-old John “Smiley” Silcott of Castle Burke, had no vital signs. Further investigation revealed that Silcott was shot multiple times and left for dead on the side of the road.

Detectives are asking the community’s assistance with information about this incident, including where Silcott was Monday evening. If you have information, please call 911, the Crime TipLine at (340) 778-4950, or Crime Stoppers USVI at (800) 222-TIPS or online at