St. John Sighting: An Island Birth Mark

Stephanie shows Tradewinds her St. John birthmark.


Without even trying, Stephanie Hiltscher was turning heads across St. John last week.

The 15-year-old Cary, North Carolina resident, who was visiting Love City with parents and younger sister, has a birth mark on her back which clearly looks like the outline of St. John.

Everywhere Stephanie went during her family’s week vacation she was stopped and asked if the mark was a tattoo, which it isn’t, she explained.

Shoppers in the Friends of the V.I. National Park store in Mongoose Junction even got to compare Stephanie’s birth mark with the large map of St. John on the wall, she added.


Upclose view.


The Hiltschers, who have been vacationing on St. John for four years, first discovered the distinct likeness a few years ago.

“My sister Rachel was joking about it last year and I had to agree with her,” said Stephanie.

The birth mark is fitting as the North Carolina teen adores Love City, according to her mother.

“She is an island girl,” said Hiltscher. “She wears her island hook bracelet all the time.”

Back at home when Stephanie misses St. John all she has to do is look in the mirror at her birth mark to be reminded of her favorite island.