Irrespective of the more sinister scenarios of his partner's demise, I could not help remember the story of the Smalls lighthouse in the UK: (the following from Wikipedia) " the old lighthouse brought about a change in lighthouse policy in 1801 after a gruesome episode. The two man team, Thomas Howell and Thomas Griffith, were known to quarrel, and so when Griffith died in a freak accident
, Howell feared that he might be suspected of murder if he discarded the body into the sea. As the body began to decompose, Howell built a makeshift coffin for the corpse and lashed it to an outside shelf" .
After the Smalls incident, the authorities changed the lighthouse policy to mandate a minimum of 3 men
crews manning the lighthouse, until they became automatic in the 1980s.
I guess poor Alvarenga was in a no-win situation: 1) conserve the body on board for evidence - and all that it entails or 2) toss it overboard
, and become the subject of suspicion.
I wonder what I would have recommended him to do?