Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Family found dead during Mexico vacation inhaled 'toxic gases'

Family found dead during Mexico vacation inhaled 'toxic gases'

A family of four died during a dream holiday to Mexico, after allegedly inhaling toxic gases while they slept.

There were no signs of foul play or suicide, officials said.

"The bodies. showed no evidence or traces of violence, nor evidence of anything being disturbed inside the room, so violence from a possible theft was discarded", according to a statement from the attorney general's office.

Authorities said the investigation is still ongoing to determine what gas had caused the family's death, reported the news station.

The Sharps' family members made a decision to wait for the last flight from Cancun to St. Louis to arrive on Thursday in case the Sharps had just planned to stay an extra day, Weland told ABC News.

The family had not been heard from since they left for Mexico on a trip on March 15.


Kevin Wayne Sharp poses with his son, Sterling Wayne Sharp.

Then the family failed to attend a basketball game Wednesday night in Danville, Illinois - a game Weland said the family was looking forward to. We extend our honest condolences to friends and family.

Besides working in beer distribution, Kevin Sharp was a race vehicle driver at southwestern Iowa's Adams County Speedway, where he finished fourth in last year's stock auto series standings.

"Everything they did, they did as a family", Harris said.

The State Department is now advising "increased caution" for Americans travelling to Mexico, with the area the Sharp family were staying seeing an experience in homicides this year. "Here in Iowa racing is a big family; we try to promote it as a family sport and (the Sharps) lived it". "Most people don't appreciate the fact that when you come to this racetrack, this is a family", a friend of the Sharp family said.

The two were supposed to go racing together next week, Harris said.

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