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Virgin Islands Unsolved Murder

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey (My9NJ) - The parents of a New Jersey man murdered in the US Virgin Islands are warning people that the popular vacation destination may not be as safe as many think.

It has been over a month since 41-year-old James Malfetti was found murdered in his bed and there is still no suspect in the case. Jim and Rosemary Malfetti believe that the lack of a thorough investigation by the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department is to blame.

“We discovered that there was no forensics done as far as the cutting of the screen, the fingerprinting that would have been on the molding, any footprints. We also learned while we were there that they discarded the sheets and had someone come and clean up the house,” Jim said.

Former FBI agent Mark Russini said that according to what he has read and heard, the local police have not conducted a proper crime scene investigation, especially concerning the quick cleanup of the house.

“There is no reason to clean this up. They can take all the time they want in the world literally to process it properly and to gather the evidence that is there,” he explained.

According to 2012 reports from the Virgin Islands Daily News, there were 56 murders last year with a population of only 105,000 people. These stats make it one of the most dangerous places to visit per capita based on the murder ratio.


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