The three Americans who died last week at a Sandals resort in the Bahamas were from Tennessee and Florida, but their causes of death remain unknown, the island nation’s police commissioner said Monday.
No foul play is suspected in Friday’s deaths, Bahamas Acting Prime Minister Chester Cooper said.
Medical examiners have taken samples from the deceased and a Philadelphia lab is helping with toxicology tests, Royal Bahamas Police Commissioner Paul Rolle said Monday. Scientists also took samples from the rooms where the bodies were found to check for contaminants, he said.
Officials declined to say whether contaminants have been found in samples so far. Pathologists would provide an official report once testing was complete, Rolle said.
Michael Phillips, 68, and his wife Robbie Phillips, 65, of Tennessee, were pronounced dead at the hotel on Friday, as were Vincent Paul Chiarella, 64, of Florida, who was found unconscious in a separate room, announced the police.
A fourth American – Chiarella’s wife, Donnis Chiarella, 65 – was airlifted to a hospital in the Bahamian capital before being transferred to Kendall Hospital in Miami, where her condition was improved on Monday for go from serious, said Jennifer Guerrieri, spokeswoman for Hospital Corporation of America, East Florida Division.
The three deaths at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort in Great Exuma have been confirmed by Sandals spokesperson Stacy Royal and the US State Department.
“We are closely following the local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death. We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance,” the State Department said in a press release. “Out of respect for the families’ privacy, we have nothing further to add at this time.”
Resort staff alerted police shortly after 9 a.m. Friday that an unconscious man had been found in a villa, police said. En route to the scene, police were informed that another man and another woman had been found unresponsive at another villa, the statement said.
Police found in the first villa a “white male lying unresponsively on the floor” with no signs of trauma. A doctor pronounced him dead, police said. The woman who was hospitalized was found with him, Rolle said on Saturday.
In the second villa, they found a second man “slumped against a wall in a bathroom, unresponsive”, and the woman was “found in a bedroom on a bed”, the statement said.
“Both showed signs of convulsing,” the statement read. Neither showed signs of trauma. They were also pronounced dead by a doctor.
The man and woman in the second villa had “complained of illness the previous evening” and were treated at a local medical facility before returning to their room, police said.
Cooper on Friday asked the nation’s health and welfare minister to lead a delegation of health, environment and public works officials to the Exuma district.
“Nothing is more important to Sandals Resorts than the safety of our guests,” the resort said in a statement, adding that it was actively working to “support both the investigation as well as the families of guests across the board.” possible ways”.
Sandals cannot release any other information “out of respect for the privacy of our customers,” he said.