American Swimming Champ Found Dead on Vacation, Investigation Underway


According to U.S. Virgin Islands police, a former American swimming champion has died. Her boyfriend took her to the hospital, where she was declared “dead at arrival.”

Jamie Cail, 42, was originally from New Hampshire and was living in Cruz Bay, on the island of St. John.

The boyfriend was not named by the Virgin Islands police in a statement. They also did not respond to calls and emailed queries.

Authorities claim that the boyfriend returned from a bar just after midnight on February 21st and found Cail on the ground of their shared home.

Police said that he and a friend took her to the Myrah Keating-Smith Clinic. There, the medical staff couldn’t revive her.

Police in the Virgin Islands has opened a criminal investigation. They are looking for anyone with information to call detectives or 911.

SwimSwam, an aquatic news site, reports that Cail was a member of the U.S. 800 free relay team, which won gold as a teenager at the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships.

The following year, she won silver in the same event at Brazil’s World Swimming Cup.

According to the outlet she still holds records in the 15-16 age group at Bolles School in Jacksonville. She won two events at California High School State Championships and then swam for the University of Southern California.

Cail’s passing comes almost two years after the mysterious disappearance of another St. John woman.

Sarm Heslop, a 41-year-old Brit who was dating an American yachtsman and living with him on a catamaran, was last seen at a Cruz Bay bar on March 7, 2021.

The boyfriend, a Michigan man named Ryan Bane, called 911 around 2:30 a.m. the next morning to report her missing.

Police told him to contact the U.S. Coast Guard if she had fallen off his 47-foot catamaran, the Siren Song. He did so around 11:45 a.m. She has not been found.

Virgin Islands police received criticism in that case after they never obtained a search warrant for the yacht.

This is a developing story, and we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.