BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – THE body of a male US citizen was found by members of a search and rescue team on Tuesday (Jun. 4) along the hiking trail that leads to Mount Liamuiga.
The name of the deceased was given as James Beattie.
According to a police communiqué, police had received a report that two persons who were staying near the White Gate area had gotten lost while on a hike to Mount Liamuiga.
In response, a team comprising members of the Police and Defence Forces as well as the Fire and Rescue Services went in search of the missing persons.
It stated that investigations have so far revealed that “James Beattie of the USA and Emily Goodyear of England went on a hike on Tuesday afternoon at about 4:00 p.m. Beattie fell ill and Goodyear left to get help and lost her way.
“The search team found Goodyear who then guided them in the direction of Beattie. He was found lying motionless along the hiking trail.”
The communiqué also stated that the District Medical Officer was summoned to the scene and, on examination of the body, pronounced him dead.
Police said investigations into the matter are ongoing and an autopsy has been scheduled for tomorrow (Jun. 7).