PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos — A Missouri doctor was found dead near his resort hotel in an island paradise in the Caribbean after having gone missing for several days, police said.
John McGurk, 32, an internal medicine specialist from St. Louis, was found on Friday on the rocks just above the shoreline near the Blue Horizon resort on Middle Caicos, the Royal Turks and Caicos police said.
The island chain lies just north of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
McGurk had checked into the hotel last Monday and was reported missing on Wednesday after hotel staff realized no one had seen him since he had arrived, police said.
Investigators believe McGurk, who worked at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, may have fallen while taking a hike near the hotel.
Authorities were initially unable to recover McGurk;s body because of where it had fallen and the tides. The U.S Coast Guard was called in to assist.
McGurk began practicing in 2014. He graduated from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, and finished his residency in internal medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine.