A photo of the tattoo on the body

The body was identified by the tattoo

A decomposing body, which was fished out of the sea near Les Saintes, has been identified as a Dominican.

Police PRO, ASP Claude Weekes, said the body is  that of 66-year-old Walfgan Severin, of Colihaut.

He was identified by the tattoo, which the police made public earlier on Wednesday, by his brother Francis Severin.

On Wednesday afternoon the police reported  that French authorities had alerted them of the body.

In light of the passage of Tropical Storm Erika and reports of several missing people on the island, the police had said they believed it was a Dominican and appealed for assistance in identifying it.

The identification was made later Wednesday afternoon.

Severin, who was speaking during an interview on DBS Radio on Wednesday evening, said he last saw his brother on the morning of Wednesday, August 26.

And according to him, the deceased was expected to report to work the following morning but he was never seen.

“So when I went to work the Friday morning I went up there and searched but didn’t find him so I went back down…I went back the afternoon, no signs of him again,” he explained. “I went the Saturday morning, no signs of him, that is when I reported it to the police that he was missing.”

Severin said he felt relieved knowing that his brother was found and he could identify him by the tattoo on his right forearm.

“I thought that I would never find him again …. but seeing that photograph tells us that is his body,” he said.