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Officials Investigating Deaths on St. John

May 25, 2009 — Officials are investigating two weekend deaths on St. John.
The body of Camille Paris Sr., 73, was discovered at 11:30 a.m. Sunday floating in Cruz Bay Harbor.
"It's considered an accidental drowning," said Police Department spokeswoman Melody Rames on Monday.
The medical examiner will investigate the incident, she said. Paris was a native of St. Croix but lived on St. John.
In another weekend incident, police are investigating the death of St. John resident Ariel Powell. In a police department news release, St. John Deputy Chief Darren Foy said Powell was found unresponsive near his vehicle in the parking lot of the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center about 4:40 a.m. Saturday.
Foy said the initial police investigation indicated that Powell was at a nightclub before going to Myrah Keating. He said Powell told a family member he was beaten up by several males. Powell drove himself to Myrah Keating, where he apparently passed out in the parking lot. Medical personnel told police that Powell had a scratch on his face and a bump on his head.
According to Foy, Powell may have succumbed to an ongoing medical condition. An autopsy by the medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.
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