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Missing American family found dead in Mexico inhaled toxic gas: Authorities

March 27, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Missing American family found dead in Mexico inhaled toxic gas: Authorities

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Authorities in Mexico say a missing Iowa family of four who were discovered dead Friday at a condominium complex in Quintana Roo died by inhaling toxic gases.

The remains of 41-year-old Kevin Wayne Sharp, his wife, 38-year-old Amy Marie Sharp, and their children, Sterling Wayne, 12, and Adrianna Marie, 7, were found in a condo at a tourist complex where they had been staying.

There were no apparent signs of foul play.

Mexican officials said autopsy results determined the family died from toxic gas asphyxiation, according to ABC News.

Prosecutors confirmed a gas leak from a faulty water heater is likely to blame for the deaths of the Iowa family.

Relative Ashli Peterson first posted the sad news on a Facebook on Friday.

“The Sharps have been located,” she said. “They were found in their condo deceased. There was no foul play! That is all the information we have.”

“Please respect the family as they go through the grieving process,” she added. “Thank you for the posts, shares, and kind words.”

Renee Hoyt, Amy Marie Sharp’s sister, said that the family drove to St. Louis on March 13th, where they stayed the night before taking a non-stop flight to Cancun the next day. The family were going to rent a car and drive to Tulum, Mexico, where they were renting a condo.

“On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Amy sent a text to our mom that said, ‘We made it to our condo,’” Hoyt stated. “That is the last communication. We got told last night Kevin sent a text to Travis Anderson at roughly 5 p.m. Thursday and Travis replied around 11:30 and has not heard anything back.”

Prosecutors in Quintana Roo said the family had been dead for between 36 and 48 hours.

Relatives initially feared the family may have fallen victim to Mexico’s raging drug violence.

The U.S. State Department website post updated last week advised “increased caution” for U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico.

In the state of Quintana Roo, where Tulum is located, the department said, “the state experienced an increase in homicide rates compared to the same period in 2016.”

“While most of these homicides appeared to be targeted, criminal assassinations, turf battles between groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens.”

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