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Police in the Bahamas have identified the three deceased guests who were staying at Sandals Emerald Bay resort located in Great Exuma. Michael Phillips, 68 as well as his wife Robbie, 65, were both travel agents. The third victim was priorly was confirmed by their family as Vincent Paul Chiarella, 64. His wife has been airlifted to a Florida hospital HCA Florida Kendall in Miami.
At a news conference Monday, Royal Bahamas Police Commissioner Paul Rolle said the woman was in serious condition. Later the Miami hospital upgraded her status to fair condition. Officials collected various samples in and around the hotel.
They sent the samples to a Pennsylvania lab for further investigation. “Once those samples are done, our pathologist will be able to provide an official report as to an exact cause of death and determine exactly what has happened,” Rolle said. The deceased sought medical treatment prior to their deaths for feeling unwell, according to local authorities.
The body of Chiraella was found inside the villa on the floor of the bedroom.
Michael Phillips was located in another villa on the floor of the bathroom and Robbie Phillips was found in the bed. “Both individuals showed signs of convulsion,” stated officials.
Multiple guests were taken to a clinic with reports of symptoms consisting of nausea and vomiting according to the island’s health minister, Dr. Michael Darville. Police were notified on Friday after finding the bodies of the three tourists.
The son of Chiarella told NBC News he was given few details about what happened to his parents. Guests, such as Sydney Rosenquist and Chasen Toth, an Arizona couple who were honeymooning at the resort where the American tourists were found dead said the resort is “kind of just hush-hush” in regards to the incident.
“If we wouldn’t have known through other sources, then I don’t think we still probably would have suspected anything or even know what was going on.” as well as “If I would have found out from even other guests, and I wasn’t told by staff or other personnel, I would just kind of be … I would be shocked,” Rosenquist stated.
With the samples collected, investigators are trying to figure out if a chemical leak was involved. Additional unproven reports on social media claim faulty air conditioning was involved.
Rolle stated, “We really want to know what caused this without speculation.” The police investigation is currently being strongly watched by U.S State Department working alongside the local police in the Bahamas adding that “ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance.”
Written by Skye Leon
Edited by Sheena Robertson
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