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Public Providing Information in Death of Government Agent, Police Say

July 30, 2007 — The community is responding to police appeals for help in solving the shooting death of a special assistant to Gov. John P. deJongh Jr., the St. Thomas police chief said Monday.
Investigators are getting calls from concerned citizens following the shooting death of 59-year-old Alvin Morton, Chief Rodney Querrard said. Morton's body was discovered Saturday morning in the trunk of a sedan parked on Peterborg Road. Authorities said he had been shot several times and was pronounced dead on the scene.
"A citizen reported seeing a vehicle on the Peterborg Road near Little Magens with what appeared to be blood coming from the area of the trunk," Querrard said Monday. "Police arrived on the scene and found the body of a black male in the trunk of a tan 2003 Chrysler Neon. The man is a St. Thomas resident, identified as Alvin Morton. He had been shot several times.”
At the time of his death, Morton had been working in the office of St. Thomas-Water Island Administrator Barbara Petersen.
Querrard made a public appeal for information Saturday afternoon. By Monday, he said, authorities were receiving calls from citizens.
Morton's death came a week after the apparent robbery and shooting death of a retired V.I. National Guardsman, Trevor Joseph, 60.
Joseph was shot and killed near the Best Western Emerald Beach Resort near the Cyril E. King Airport. Authorities say he had come to the hotel to service an automated teller machine in the hotel lobby.
"I'm asking anyone in the public — anyone who has information on any one of the crimes that happened lately, or in the past — to call my office," Querrard said Monday afternoon.
Call Querrard’s office at 774-3868, the V.I. Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit at 715-5534 or 911.
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