Family of 4 from USA found dead in Mexico, police say

"There appears to be no signs of trauma", Ver Meer told the news station.

The bodies of Kevin, Amy, Sterling and Adrianna Sharp of Creston were found in a rented condo in Mexico Friday.

Authorities said there were no signs of violence and the victims, a couple and their two children, showed no visible injuries, though the corpses were already decomposing.

The Sharps were supposed to return from their vacation Wednesday, Weland said. KCCI reports that according to family members' social media posts, Kevin, 41, Amy, 38, Sterling, 12, and Adrianna Sharp, 7, were expected to arrive in St. Louis on Wednesday to attend a basketball game in Danville, Illinois. "At this time that is all the information we have", family friend Ashli Peterson wrote on Facebook Friday.

The cause of death is still uncertain. Peterson updated her original Facebook post about the family going missing (which included pictures of the Sharps) to let everyone know what happened. They also tried to locate the family by tracing their cell phones but found there was "no movement on their phones".

An Iowa family was found dead in a condo near Tulum, Mexico. Ms Peterson said the family told extended members they had arrived at the resort safely on March 15 but had not heard anything from them since. Sharp, who was a stock auto racer and a board member for the association, for about a decade.


PHOTO: Kevin Sharp and his wife Amy Sharp are seen in this undated photo.

Ver Meer said "this is the first tragedy like this we've had where somebody's been on vacation and a family has been killed for some unknown reason". I consider them friends.

"When we found out the news about them missing, we all started thinking the worst". We extend our honest condolences to friends and family.

In Mexico, the Quintana Roo state prosecutors office tweeted that the bodies were found in a tourist compound.

Mexico's national anti-discrimination council says a proposed law allowing doctors to refuse medical procedures because of conscientious objection threatens patients' right to treatment.

The Omaha World-Herald reported Mexican officials were investigating reports of a gas leak but that was not immediately confirmed.

  • Tracy Klein