Iowa family found dead in Mexico resort of Tulum

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An Iowa family members was discovered dead in their condo while vacationing in Mexico.

The family - Kevin Wayne Sharp, 41, Amy Marie Sharp, 38, Sterling Wayne Sharp, 12, and Adrianna Maria Sharp, 7 - left their hometown of Creston, Iowa, to travel to Akumal, Mexico, on March 14, 2018.

Kevin, 41, Amy, 38, Sterling, 12, and Adrianna Sharp, seven, were found dead after Mexican police visited the condominium to check on them upon the request of the US Department of State. The family's cause of death was not immediately known but the department was awaiting autopsy reports. Autopsies are being performed in Mexico, Creston police said.

The Sharps had planned to return home Wednesday, family members said.

Relative Ashli Peterson shared the devastating news in a post on Facebook, asking: "Please respect the family at this time as they go through the grieving process".

Earlier this month, the U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Mexico released a statement about closing off the town of Quinta Roo, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico after a security threat.

"We have also pinged cells phones and show that they are still in Mexico with no movement on their phones", she wrote.

Kevin was on the racetrack's board until past year when he stepped away to spend more time with his family, Baldwin said. We extend our honest condolences to friends and family. "One way or another, we will", Fry said.

Officials in Mexico were contacted, and the condo where the family was staying was checked.

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Anxious family members had been sharing photos of them on social media, after communications with them stopped.

"He was a good family man", he said.

Sharp first got involved in the speedway through his beer distribution business, and eventually became a board member, track announcer Bob Harris said.

Renee Hoyt, Amy's sister, told the Creston News Advertiser: "On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Amy sent a text to our mom that said, 'We made it to our condo".

Newsweek has reached out for comment from family members on the incident. Fry said the family often welcomed the team's basketball players into their home for dinner and holidays.

The Sharp family had been expected to attend a basketball game in IL on Wednesday. "They were to be right here enjoying us play basketball today", Lorensen stated.

She added she saw parents and kids "essentially living their best life" there.

The Sharps' family members chose to wait for the last flight from Cancun to St. Louis to arrive on Thursday in case the Sharps had just planned to stay an extra day, Weland told ABC News. The two were friends before getting together. The bodies of the couple were in the bedroom and the children in front of the television.

The Omaha World-Herald reported that Mark Williams, a dispatcher at the Union County Law Enforcement Center in Iowa, said Mexican officials were speculating about a gas leak, but that had not been confirmed.

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