Akumal, Q.R. — The bodies of an American family of four have been found in their rented condominium in the seaside resort town of Akumal.
Authorities say the bodies were discovered Friday around 3:00 p.m. after family members alerted US authorities that the Iowa family did not arrive home March 21 as planned. The Prosecutor’s Office of Quintana Roo announced on social media that four bodies had been found in a tourist complex in Akumal, outside the town of Tulum.
They said that during the inspection, “no signs of violence were found on the bodies or in the room.”
The bodies of 41-year-old Kevin Wayne Sharp along with his wife, Amy Marie Sharp, 38, and their children Sterling Wayne Sharp, 12, and Adrianna Marie Sharp, 7 of Creston, Iowa were found inside the unit. Local reports say the parents were discovered on the bed, while the children were found on the floor where they appeared to be watching television.
Relative Ashli Peterson shared on social media “The Sharps have been located. They were found last night in their condo deceased. There was no foul play! At this time that is all the information we have.
“Please respect the family at this time as they go through the grieving process,” she said adding, “Thank you for all the posts, shares, and kind words.”
Renee Hoyt, Amy Marie Sharp’s sister, told Creston News Advertiser that the family left Creston on March 13 and drove to St. Louis, where they stayed the night before boarding a non-stop flight to Cancun the following day.
On March 14, Hoyt said she received a text from Amy saying they had arrived at their condominium in Akumal safely. They were to return to the US on March 21, but did not arrive as planned.
Police quickly made contact with the US State Department when a welfare check at the Tao penthouse condominium they rented from March 14 to 21 resulted in the discovery of the bodies.
While the causes of death are not immediately clear, Creston police chief, Paul Ver Meer, told KCCI that there were no signs of trauma.
In a statement, the U.S. State Department said, “We are able to confirm the deaths of four U.S. citizens in Akumal, Mexico. We extend our sincere condolences to friends and family. Our consulate in Merida is providing consular services. Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we have no further comment.”
Local authorities said the official causes of death will be released after an autopsy.
This was the Sharp’s second family vacation to Mexico.