Body removed from cistern confirmed to be Lyana Serieux

Body removed from cistern confirmed to be Lyana Serieux
Lyana Serieux
Lyana Serieux

ST. CROIX — Police Commissioner Delroy Richards has told The Consortium that the body found at 2:00 p.m. yesterday in a cistern of an abandoned building behind the Mutual Homes Housing Community, which has since been removed, was confirmed tonight to be Lyana Serieux.

Yesterday’s development continues a heart-wrenching incident that has left two minor boys confirmed to be the sons of Ms. Serieux, dead — found on the south shore near Ha’Penny Beach. The family went missing on Friday; the V.I.P.D. was notified on Sunday, and a search immediately commenced.

On Monday night at about 7:30 p.m., the vehicle that Ms. Serieux was last seen driving along with her two boys, was found in the Upper Love area completely burned. The sons were found the following day at about 11:35 a.m. by a landscaper.

Search parties began to form on Monday night, and concerned residents were scouring the island up until Thursday afternoon in search of Ms. Serieux.

Faith also took center stage, as the tragedy has also served to unite Virgin Islanders tired of the violence. On Wednesday, St. Croix residents gathered at Fort Christianvaern to pray, and they were joined by over 30,000 more people from around the world, seeking God’s face for relief from the seemingly incessant violence.

The commissioner vowed to bring those responsible for the vicious crime to justice. “We are going to pursue the individual or individuals responsible, and we want them to know that. We are going to leave no stone unturned, and we’re going to be aggressively involved in trying to bring this to a closure.”



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  1. This is the saddest thing I've on a long time reminding me of my mother and how she was burned and birtually murtered. Im so sicken that some one or someones can do such a thing. May the family be covered i the blood of jesus throw their greiving. I pray the justice be done. Im from the Virgin Island and never would i imagine it was that bad back home.


  2. What a sad, tragic ending for a mother and her two sons. Investigations are on so the details are pending. However is it not clear that the death penalty must be enforced to punish those who commit murder. Not just horrific murders, but murders in general. We will never be more compassionate than God. In His word the Holy Bible, God in Old and New Testaments commands that the murderer shall be put to death.

    New International Version
    "'Anyone who kills a person is to be put to death as a murderer only on the testimony of witnesses. But no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness." Numbers 35: 30

    "'Do not pollute the land where you are. Bloodshed pollutes the land, and atonement cannot be made for the land on which blood has been shed, except by the blood of the one who shed it." v. 33

    "If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that." 1 Jn. 5:16;

    "For the one in authority is God's servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God's servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer." Romans 13: 4

    Murder is a special outrage on the image of God in which man is created. such must be dealt with by the execution upon proof, forensic or eye witnesses accounts properly assessed. Failure by states to execute murderers leaves blood un-atoned for and the judgment of God against such countries sure.

    But will we listen?

    Comfort to the aggrieved families, can be found in Christ. Turn to Him. Our condolences, deeply felt. Fellow St. Lucians.


    • This is so sad. Wickedness of the highest order. Condolences to the entire family and countries.


  3. wow the part where faith came in and people went to pray and the multitude that joined from other islands warmed my heart. if only saint lucians would pray. all most of them concerned about is carnival, cool down wet fete, rum and where and when the next fete will be located


  4. I am very sure the person who've committed this vicious and heinous crime on this young mother and her two lovely innocent children, is a good boy, never hurt anyone in his life, is being framed, just wait you'll hear some of his trifling family members coming forward to proclaim his innocence and just how good he is.
    I trust and hope the perpetrator die a slow death then rot in hell.
    RIP mom and kids.


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