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Autopsies begin on people who died at Bahamas Sandals resort

Autopsies begin on people who died at Bahamas Sandals resort


Autopsies began Monday in the Bahamas for the three Americans who died mysteriously last weekend in their separate rooms at a luxury Sandals resort, a report said.

Bahamas Police Commissioner Paul Rolle said Monday that a pathologist had “consented to doing the autopsies” — but did not say how long it would take, according to CNN. 

Officials are hoping the autopsies will shed a new light on the case, after all three victims allegedly sought medical help after feeling ill and later died in the course of the night Friday.

Police have been investigating several possible causes while they await the return of the autopsies and a toxicology report, which was sent to a lab in Philadelphia. 

This included a probe into the food that was eaten by the guests.

Also, prior to the deaths, several guests at the resort complained that there was a “strong odor” of insecticides on the property which authorities are currently investigating.

Robbie and Michael Phillips were found dead in their villa at the Sandals resort.
Facebook/Robbie Phillips

Officials are also looking into possible leaks from air conditioning units and the water heater on the property.

The victims were identified on Monday as Michael Phillips, 68, his wife, Robbie, 65, and Vincent Chiarella, a Florida man who was staying in a separate villa with his wife, Denise, who was hospitalized.

The resort says that they are working “to support both the investigation as well as the guests’ families in every way possible.”

Vincent Chiarella (left) and wife Donnis Chiarella at Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma, Bahamas.
Vincent Chiarella — who died at the resort — and his wife Donnis Chiarella at Sandals Emerald Bay.
Austin Chiarella
The resort says that they are working "to support both the investigation as well as the guests' families in every way possible."
Sandals Emerald Bay says that they are working “to support both the investigation as well as the guests’ families in every way possible.”
New York Post

The US state department has also issued a statement saying that they were monitoring the probe and stand ready to offer assistance if needed.



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