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Body found burned in trunk of car in Virgin Islands identified as US soldier

By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS Published: September 14, 2018

Virgin Islands authorities have identified a burned body found in the trunk of a car on St. Croix in August as a U.S. soldier who had been reported missing, according to a police statement.

Pfc. Naji Jarvis was on leave visiting family in the Virgin Islands when he was reported missing Aug. 27, police said.

Police and firefighters responded to a structure fire on Aug. 28 and discovered the gray four-door Toyota Yaris that Jarvis had been driving ablaze inside a garage. When the fire was extinguished, Jarvis’ remains were found. His death is under investigation as a suspected homicide, police said.

Jarvis, who was about to turn 22 when he went missing, was a tank crewman assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart, according to an Army statement.

"Pfc. Jarvis was a team player and a disciplined soldier," said Sgt. 1st Class Jessie Henson, Jarvis' platoon sergeant, in the statement. "He was a great battle buddy and friend to all the soldiers in Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment. More than anything, he was a dedicated soldier, who was eager to learn the profession of an armor crewman. His presence in the unit will truly be missed."

Martika Jarvis, who identified herself as Jarvis' older sister on Facebook, posted a video of the two of them riding in a car together and listening to music.

"I miss you so much!!" she posted. "I feel like I'm still dreaming."

Some material for this story was drawn from a Tribune News Service report from Brian O'Connor of the The Virgin Islands Daily News in St. Thomas.

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