American family found dead in Mexico while on vacation

AKUMAL, Mexico - An American couple and their two children found dead while on vacation in Mexico.

Posted: Mar. 24, 2018 9:33 AM
Updated: Mar. 24, 2018 9:37 AM

AKUMAL, Mexico - A family tragedy and a growing mystery in paradise.

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An American couple and their two children found dead while on vacation in Mexico.

Authorities searching for answers about how they died.

An Iowa family Kevin and Amy Sharp -- along with their two kids -- Sterling and Adrianna -- were found dead in their vacation rental condominium on Friday in Akumal, Mexico near Tulum.

They were found a week after their family had last heard from them, prompting social media posts -- and worry in tiny Creston, Iowa.

The family, in a Facebook statement, said there was no foul play.

Mexican authorities said there was no trauma to the bodies.

Autopsy results are pending.

"Creston is a very tight-knit community, you know, we're a small community, 1,000 people everybody knows somebody who knows the people involved so it’s, it’s going to hurt for a while,” said Paul Ver Meer, the Creston Police Chief.

A new security alert was recently issued by the state department -- for that part of Mexico after an explosion on a tourist ferry in Playa Del Carmen.

Twenty-five people were injured -- including U.S. citizens.

Local media reported that a drug gang had taken credit for the blast.

With this young Iowa family dead -- fresh concern -- about travel to the spring break hotspot.

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