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MAN FOUND DEAD BELOW UNITY LODGE

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July 6, 2001 – A man who had tried and failed to stay sober was found dead at the bottom of the stairs at Unity Lodge, a halfway house on Fireburn Hill for clean and sober alcoholics and addicts, where he had once been a resident.
Sobriety is a requirement of residence and "he just couldn't keep it together," one resident said.
Police have not released the name of the man pending notification of his mother, who reportedly lives in Texas. He was found lying in a courtyard below the lodge, according to Police Chief José Garcia.
Police were investigating the cause of death, which one person who knew him suggested might have been suicide. However, investigators from the police Major Crime Unit were not ruling out foul play.
According to one witness, Unity Lodge residents were awakened about 2 a.m. by a loud noise. Those who went to investigate saw the body lying on a lower deck of the lodge. One resident, who asked not to be identified, went down the stairs and found the man bleeding from the face.
"At first I thought he was alive, but then I heard a noise which might have been his last breath," the resident said.
An ambulance and police were called to the scene, and residents of the area north of Back Street were questioned into the early morning hours.
The dead man was originally from California but had come to St. Thomas from St. Croix, those who had known him said.

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