Deceased: James Edward Beattie (Photo source:

By: Spokesman Newsroom

BASSETERRE, St.KITTS ( Tuesday 18th June 2019)–Investigations into the death of an American male tourist who died on a recent hike has revealed that he had breathing issues, and this media house has discovered that the individual who tried to get help was his girlfriend.

Reportedly, resident Pathologist Dr. Adrian Nunez Quintana performed a post mortem examination on the body of 42-year-old James Beattie of the USA on Friday 7th June.

The media has been informed that after completing the examination, it was determined that Beattie’s cause of death was due to decompensated chronic cor pulmonale multi-focal bilateral bronchopneumonia and chronic obstruction pulmonary disease.

Information sourced from obituaries section highlights that the Beattie enjoyed hiking and travelling.

 “James Edward Beattie, 42, died suddenly while on vacation in St. Kitts with the love of his life Emily Goodyear. Jim lived in Louisville, Kentucky since the fall of 2018. He was employed by CAPTURE HIGHER ED. He was born and raised in Grafton, New York and graduated from Berlin Jr./Sr. High School. He moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and lived there for 16 years. Jim enjoyed life to the fullest with hiking, biking, gardening and traveling. He totally enjoyed being the vice-president of the SILVERSPOON CLUB. Jim leaves behind the love of his life, Emily Goodyear; parents Deb and Jim Beattie of Punta Gorda, Florida; two sisters Jess Beattie and Jamie (Eric) Rodford and two nieces Emma and Erica Rodford of Troy, New York, along with many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends,” the write-up shared.

Individuals have been advised that donations may be made in his memory to The American Lung Association.

Beattie was discovered dead on Tuesday 4th June after going about a hike with Goodyear who hails from England.

Police along with Fire and Rescue Services and the Defence Force conducted a search for two persons who were reported lost in the White Gate area while hiking to Mount Liamuiga.

Investigations revealed that Beattie and Goodyear went on that outing at about 4:00 PM. 

According to the local authorities, Beattie fell ill and Goodyear left to get help and lost her way. The search team found Goodyear who then guided them in the direction of Beattie. He was found lying motionless along the hiking trail.

Reportedly, the District Medical Examiner arrived on scene, examined the body and pronounced him dead.