After searching since Saturday for survivors of a downed Piper Aztec plane piloted by Kirby Hodge, the U.S. Coast Guard at sunset Monday suspended the search, according to Coast Guard spokesman Ricardo Castrodad.
The plane went down about six nautical miles south of St. Thomas early Saturday morning while on a routine newspaper delivery run. However, Castrodad said, that if anything turns up, the Coast Guard will renew its search.
The crew of a Planning and Natural Resources Department boat pulled a woman, initially identified as Valerie Jackson, out of the water Saturday afternoon. Government House on Monday identified her as Valerie Jackson Thompson.