The Royal Bahamas Police have released the names of three American tourists who died in mysterious circumstances at a resort last week.
Michael Phillips, 68, of Tennessee, and his wife Robbie Phillips, 65, were found dead Friday at a villa at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort in Great Exuma. At a separate villa in the same complex, Vincent Paul Chiarella, 64, of Florida, was also found dead.
There were no signs of trauma found on any of the deceased, according to the police, although Michael and Robbie Phillips “showed signs of seizures”.
Chiarella’s wife, Donnis, was also at the station and fell ill. She was airlifted to a Miami hospital and was last listed in “serious condition”, according to Royal Bahamas Police Commissioner Paul Rolle.
The Americans’ cause of death is not yet clear, Rolle said, although autopsies are scheduled for Monday.
“The pathologist took samples from all the patients and our pathologists collected those samples for review,” Rolle told a press conference. “We are actively engaging a lab in Philadelphia … to help us expedite the toxicology reviews of all of these samples.”
Once those exams are done, the Bahamian pathologist will be able to determine the cause of death and solve the mystery surrounding the sudden deaths, he said. Additionally, samples were taken from rooms at the Sandals resort to test for contaminants that may be present.
Before their deaths, some of the guests sought treatment at a clinic on Thursday for symptoms of nausea and vomiting, Health Minister Dr Michael Darville said. Bahamas Eyewitness News. He said they were seen and then discharged.
Several teams, including environmental scientists, have been mobilized to ensure there is no public health concern, Darville said. Asked about the compound, Darville said the emergency medical team believed it was a safe environment.
“We feel that what we are seeing is an isolated case, associated with a particular area,” Darville said. “We thought maybe we should create a makeshift facility, a mini-hospital – that turns out not to be the case.”
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