U.S. Army soldier found burnt to death in the Virgin Islands

An Army soldier based at Fort Stewart was found dead while vacationing in the Virgin Islands, Army officials said.

Pfc. Naji Jarvis, 22, a tank crewman assigned to 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, was killed while home on vacation in St. Croix, Virgin Islands, according to a news release from the Fort Stewart public affairs office.

Jarvis was last seen driving a charcoal-colored 4-door Toyota Yaris.

His body was discovered on Aug. 28, officials said.  When police arrived on the scene they discovered a compact car on fire with a human body “burned beyond recognition” in it, according to the Virgin Island Police.

It took police twelve days to identify the body as Jarvis because DNA testing was required. His sister, Martika Jarvis, is believed to be a soldier or a veteran of the Army.

Details surrounding the incident are under investigation by the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department, St. Croix Division, officials said.

“Pfc. Jarvis was a team player and a disciplined Soldier,” said Sgt. 1st Class Jessie Henson, Jarvis’ platoon sergeant.

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