Massachusetts Woman Hangs Herself in Room at Westin Resort and Villas

A St. John vacation ended in tragedy for a Massachusetts couple who stayed at the Westin Resort and Villas in early November.

An apparent attempted suicide was reported at the resort on Tuesday night, November 3, around 11 p.m., according to V.I. Police Department spokesperson Melody Rames.


A woman, who apparently hanged herself in a hotel room bathroom at the Westin, later died at R.L. Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas, according to Rames.

While VIPD officials were awaiting the results of an autopsy to verify the cause of death, police were investigating the matter as an apparent suicide.

The Massachusetts couple had been arguing earlier in the evening in their hotel room when the wife went into the bathroom, Rames explained.

“The husband indicated that he and his wife were involved in an argument and they were having personal problems within the marriage,” said the VIPD spokesperson. “I guess they had been arguing all night and the wife went into the bathroom and some  time a little later he went to check on her, but the door was locked.”

After the husband called out to his wife without getting a response, he phoned the front desk, Rames explained.

“Resort officials opened the door and found the woman had hanged herself,” said Rames.

First responders gave the woman CPR and she was transported to Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center, at which point she was still alive.

“At that time the woman was in critical condition with a weak pulse,” said Rames. “She was then transported to R.L. Schneider Hospital on St. Thomas where she later died. The cause of death will be determined through an autopsy.”

Rames did not know the woman’s age, but the husband was 47-years-old, according to the VIPD spokesperson. VIPD officials were continuing their investigation last week.