Family Found Dead While on Vacation in Mexico

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A water heater is the source of a gas leak suspected of killing an Iowa family, according to a prosecutor in Mexico.

The Quintana Roo state prosecutor's office said Saturday autopsies revealed Kevin Wayne Sharp; his wife, Amy Marie Sharp; their son, Sterling, 12; and daughter Adrianna, 7, all died after inhaling toxic gas.

The water heater was leaking gas, "maybe from use or lack of maintenance", said Miguel Angel Pech, head prosecutor of Quintana Roo. Investigators ruled out foul play or suicide, the report said. Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer said the investigation determined that the family had not boarded the flight from Cancun, Mexico to the United States.

Authorities did not immediately release any additional information about whether the condo was equipped with proper gas detectors or alarms.

Authorities in Tulum inspected the gas connections in the condominium Saturday, but there was no immediate determination about what might have happened, according to the news release.

Despite the family's longer lapse in communication, authorities reportedly believe they died within 48 hours of being found.

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The family had been scheduled to return to the USA on Wednesday, and their relatives reported them missing the next day. Kevin and Amy Sharp with their two children Sterling and Adrianna arrived in Mexico on Wednesday, March 14. Creston police worked with the U.S. State Department, which was able to quickly contact Mexican authorities to perform a welfare check at the condo the Sharps were renting.

Amy's mother, Beth Fry, told the Des Moines Register that "half my family is gone".

The Sharps left the United States for Cancun on March 14, then rented a auto and drove toward Tulum, according to Amy Sharp's sister, Renee Hoyt, who spoke with the Creston News Advertiser. It pinged in Mexico, Hoyt told the Creston News Advertiser.

"Creston is close-knit like all small towns in Iowa", he added.

Then the family failed to attend a basketball game Wednesday night in Danville, Illinois - a game Weland said the family was looking forward to. He said he knew Sharp and his family his entire life and that he and Kevin shared a love for the University of Iowa and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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