A family of four from Iowa who are spending their vacation in a seaside resort in Mexico was found dead inside a condominium. However, on Friday, the authorities and a family member said that foul play was not suspected.
In a statement, the police department of Iowa city said that the bodies of 41-year-old Kevin Sharp, his wife, Amy, who is 38 years old, and their children Adrianna, 7, and Sterling, 12, of Creston, Iowa, were found by the authorities in Akumal, Mexico.
Akumal is a small coastal resort that is located on the Yucatan Peninsula approximately an hour south of Cancun in the Riviera Maya. It is best-known for its warm-water bay and white sand beaches.
On Thursday, a relative named Ashli Peterson wrote in a post on Facebook that the family was not able to board on their scheduled flight on Wednesday from Cancun to St. Louis, Missouri.
On Friday, she announced that the family was deceased.
She wrote: “There was no foul play! At this time that is all the information we have.”
The police said that early on Friday, the relatives of the family went to the police in Creston to report that the family did not yet return from their vacation in Mexico.
The police then contacted the State Department of the United States, and the authorities in Mexico discovered the bodies after checking on the family.
On Twitter, the office of the attorney general for the state of Quintana Roo said that there were no signs of violence.
A spokesperson for the office of the attorney general said by phone that the autopsies on the bodies could likely be completed as soon as Friday night.
Mark Williams, a spokesperson for the Creston police, said that he could not confirm the reports that a gas leak was being examined as the possible cause of the deaths.
In a written statement, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City confirmed the deaths. “Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”
Kevin Sharp worked as a stock car driver who raced at the Adams County Speedway that is located Corning Iowa, according to the president of the track, Luis Avila.
By phone, Avila said: “He did it all for quite a few years: he raced, he promoted the place, and you couldn’t ask for anybody to do anything more for the race track.”