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Iowa family dead in Mexican condo: Vacationers' cause of death released

Iowa family dead in Mexican condo: Vacationers' cause of death released”

Just days after the heartbreaking news that a Creston family died while on vacation in Mexico, a relative says officials have told them a gas leak from an appliance was the cause of their deaths.

The family - Kevin Wayne Sharp, 41, Amy Marie Sharp, 38, Sterling Wayne Sharp, 12, and Adrianna Maria Sharp, 7 - were visiting Mexico on vacation when family members got anxious.

In a statement, the homeowners' association for the resort, Tao, said its security personnel found the family on Friday after a missing persons report was filed through the American Embassy in Mexico City.

Over the weekend, Mexican authorities said the family was killed by "asphyxia by inhalation of toxic gases", although they didn't say what type of gas had killed them and had not identified the source.

On Monday morning, the family was working on finalizing funeral arrangements and returning the bodies of the Sharp family to Iowa.

Their deaths stunned family and friends and stumped investigators, who quickly ruled out suicide or foul play based on a lack of "evidence of anything being disturbed inside the room", the attorney general's office said.

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An online memorial fund has been set up for the family.

The children, Sterling and Adrianna, didn't even know they were going to Mexico until they were arriving at the airport, family members said.

Then, the family tracked Kevin Sharp's phone using Apple's Find my iPhone app. "We don't have pilot lights because of the wind, so you light them", he said.

But authorities and family members stressed that they were not murdered.

Bob Harris, the longtime public address announcer at the track, told the Des Moines Register that Sharp was nicknamed "The Sharpshooter" and hailed him as a "true family man". "Half my family is gone".

The condo was rented through Vacation Rentals By Owner, or VRBO, according to HomeAway, the parent company of VRBO.

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Kevin was a salesman for the beer distributor Southwest Distributing Co., and Amy was a dental-claims specialist for Principal Financial in Des Moines.

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

The family also supported the local college basketball team and would invite its players to their home for Christmas dinner and other holidays, according to the Associated Press.

The father, Kevin, used to race stock cars at Adams County Speedway in Corning, notching eight wins over his career. "They were proud supporters of the #2crew and will be missed dearly by friends, family and the community; Very sad story".

"One way or another, we will".

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