Family of four found dead in Mexico 'killed by toxic gases'

Family of four found dead in Mexico 'killed by toxic gases'

Family of four found dead in Mexico 'killed by toxic gases'

The bodies of Kevin Wayne Sharp; his wife, Amy Marie Sharp; their son, Sterling, 12; and daughter Adrianna, 7, were discovered Friday at a rental condominium in the beach town of Tulum.

Photos released by Mexican officials show crews and firefighters wearing masks while checking a gas stove in the condo.

Then the family failed to attend a basketball game Wednesday night in Danville, Illinois - a game Weland said the family was looking forward to. The type of gas or where it came from was not specified.

Inspectors are also examining the "gas installation" in the room to figure out where the deadly substance leaked from.

The U.S. State Department has issued a Level 2 Travel Advisory for Mexico as of March 16, noting that "violent crime, such as homicide, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, is widespread". According to her sister, Amy Sharp texted their mother the next day to say they had reached Tulum, but relatives didn't hear any more from the family.

The family was reported missing by relatives in their hometown about a week after the family left for vacation.

There was no sign of violence or foul play, authorities said. "We're determined. We have love and support and family and friends and we will get through this".

The sister, Renee Hoyt, said the Sharps were scheduled to return to the USA this week.

Harris said the Sharp family was tightly knit.

Kevin Sharp was an avid stock vehicle racer known as "the Sharpshooter" in the local racing scene, and he often competed in events in his neighboring county, Cliff Baldwin, his friend and fellow racer, told the Des Moines Register.

The family, originally from Iowa, were found dead last week in the holiday home they had been renting.

"Everything they did, they did as a family", Harris told CNN.

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