UPDATE: Tattoo, bracelets used to identify body of Lyana Serieux; $5,000 reward being offered for info leading to arrest

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UPDATE: Tattoo, bracelets used to identify body of Lyana Serieux; $5,000 reward being offered for info leading to arrest
HAPPY FAMILY: Jordan Serieux, 10, (left back) Jeremiah Serieux, 5, (middle) and Lyana Serieux, 24, pose during happier times on St. Croix.
HAPPY FAMILY: Jordan Serieux, 10, (left back) Jeremiah Serieux, 5, (middle) and Lyana Serieux, 24, pose during happier times on St. Croix.

ST. CROIX — V.I.P.D. Public Information Officer Glen Dratte told The Consortium late Thursday that detectives were able to identify Lyana Serieux once she was removed from a cistern of an abandoned house located behind the Mutual Homes Housing Community in Grove, by a tattoo and bracelets that she wore. Ms. Serieux had a tattoo on her left shoulder area.

The body was discovered at about 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, according to Police Commissioner Delroy Richards. Because the cistern was filled with water, the Waste Management Authority used one of its vacuum trucks to remove the water so that St. Croix Rescue personnel could go in. The body was removed during the 7:00 p.m. hour, and confirmed to The Consortium around 8:00 p.m. on Thursday.

What is now one of the most heinous crimes committed in modern Virgin Islands history, started on Friday, the last day Ms. Serieux along with her two sons were seen. Ms. Serieux’s family members had conducted their own search, but turned to police on Sunday after futile attempts. By Monday night at about 7:30 p.m., police discovered a 2011 Silver Toyota Yaris with license plate number CFR 304 — confirmed to be that of Ms. Serieux — burnt in Upper Love.

The following day at about 11:35 a.m., moments after a V.I.P.D. press briefing seeking the community’s assistance, the bodies of Ms. Serieux’s two minor sons — 10-year-old Jordan Serieux and 5-year-old Jeremiah Serieux — were discovered on the south shore near Ha’Penny Beach. The tragic nature of the discovery rocked the territory, with many expressing disbelief that such cruelty had occurred here.

The search continued for Ms. Serieux on Wednesday. On Wednesday evening, some residents gathered at Fort Christianvaern for prayer, and were joined by tens of thousands more from around the world. “I stand with you in prayer from Jerusalem,” said Hannah Jasmine McCoy. “Prayers from the Santos family from East Tennessee,” said Mario N. Wendy Santos. “Praying and standing in agreement in Indianapolis,” said Claire James.

Mr. Richards vowed to bring those responsible 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,” he said.

The Buccaneer Hotel has started a reward fund with $5,000, which is to be rewarded to anyone providing information leading to the arrest of those involved. The fund is expected to grow as more organizations and individuals join the cause.

Commissioner Richards said that the force has been following every lead it gets — down to comments online — to try and piece together what really happened. “So far we have been unable to confirm a lot of them,” he said. He did, however, confirm that items of “evidentiary value” were discovered in the abandoned building.

Governor Kenneth Mapp has not issued a statement addressing the incident. Lieutenant Governor Osbert Potter, during a press briefing on Tuesday, expressed confidence in the V.I.P.D.’s ability to bring those involved to justice.

The killing of Ms. Serieux and her two minor sons brought the territory’s homicide count to 37 for 2017. By August 29 last year, the territory had already seen 47 homicides in total, 40 of which were gun-related and another 7 were vehicular.

 

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  1. so did anyone read the article stating that she was into drugs and would sometimes try to rob people off their drug money . that is for all the people who wanna get into the drug business and do not wanna play the game right. take note. i do feel sorry for the kids anyways . they could have at least set them free but they must be thinking these boys are gonna grow up and sooner or later they are gonna come for their ass

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  2. 37 homicides in the USVI (most of them in St. Thomas) Three (3) islands combined. St. Lucia is one (1) island.
    Our island is in bad shape.

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  3. What is this world coming to now??? Sigh this is heart breaking and the innocent kids had to be part if this...

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  4. The Bible says vengeance are mine but I say they take of my toes I take off an eye these people néed to hung up by they ball's

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  5. Just shows the kind of world we live in and how people just bad mind. Mankind is the worst of gods creations, no faith in them.

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  6. Heart broken, I don't know them but it really hurts !!!! Comfort this family lord Jesus and the people that have been emotionally touched by this evil , demonic situation

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  7. My condolences go out to the family and friends of this young lady,and the two young children.Any one who would take the lives of innocent children is a monster.I have so many questions though,like was this a car -jacking situation,are the two kids of same father,because it was stated that on the kids birth certificate that there was no father,are they looking at the fathers of the two kids.Was she raped.It seems to me that the kids was in the way of someone and they got mad.Why the kids.And Lyana Serieux was their mother,the one pressing on.Because if it was a carjack the kids would have not been dead i can understand the mother,this is more to me than,a situation of passion anger and rage against Lyana and her kids,someone wanted them to go away,and they did, this is a crime of passion.I hope they give the son of a bitch or bitches the Guillotine.

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