DOJ and AG Negotiating with St. John Rescue Regarding Assisting Medical Examiner’s Office

As you may be aware, the Virgin Islands Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, is currently engaged in contract negotiations with St. John Rescue. The purpose of these negotiations is to put the necessary protocols in place in anticipation of the expanded role that St. John Rescue will play in assisting the Medical Examiner’s Office in transporting the bodies of deceased individuals that are found on the island of St. John.

The Department wants to assure the St. John community that this matter is of the utmost concern to the Department and there will be no lapse in the provision of the transportation of the deceased during the pendency of this ongoing negotiation process as the Medical Examiner’s Office will continue to carry out this function. The Department anticipates that the negotiations process will come to a successful conclusion shortly.

The Department reminds the members of the Virgin Islands Community that if you discover the body of a deceased individual on the island of St. John, St. Thomas, St. Croix or Water Island, you should first call 911 Emergency and/or the Virgin Islands Police Department and the Medical Examiner’s Office.