Autopsies begin on deceased Americans 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, according to a report.

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

Officials hope the autopsies will shed new light on the case, after the three victims reportedly sought medical help after feeling ill and dying later on Friday night.

Police investigated several possible causes pending the return of autopsies and a toxicology report, which was sent to a Philadelphia lab.

This included probing food that was eaten by guests.

Additionally, prior to the deaths, several resort guests complained that there was a “strong smell” of insecticides on the property authorities are investigating.

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

Authorities are also investigating possible leaks from the property’s air conditioning units and water heater.

The victims were identified 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, Donnis, who was hospitalized.

The station says it is working “to support both the investigation as well as the customers’ families in any way possible.”

Vincent Chiarella (left) and his 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 Chiarelle
Resort says they are working "to support both the investigation and the families of the guests in any way possible."
Sandals Emerald Bay says it is working “to support both the investigation as well as the families of guests in any way possible.”
New York Post

The US State Department also released a statement saying it was monitoring the investigation and stood ready to offer assistance if needed.


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