Boiler caused gas leak that killed Iowa family in Mexico

Gas inhalation blamed for death of Iowa family visiting Mexico

The water heater was leaking gas, "maybe from use or lack of maintenance", said Miguel Angel Pech, head prosecutor of Quintana Roo.

The cause of death for an Iowa family of four vacationing in Mexico was revealed two days after the family was found dead in their condo.

On Friday, Mexican officials said there was no sign of foul play in the deaths.

The Iowa family had been dead for more than a day-about 36 to 48 hours-before their bodies were discovered in the Tulum-based condominium they were renting, according to a Facebook post from the Quintana Roo prosecutor's office. Nor have they described the source. Authorities have "carried out a physical investigation of the gas connections in the room", according to the prosecutor's office, and will release more information pending the results of the investigation. They were from Creston, Iowa.

The Quintana Roo Attorney General's Office has ruled out violence and said the family died by "asphyxiation from inhaling toxic gases".

The family had been scheduled to return to the US on Wednesday, and their relatives reported them missing the next day. Creston police contacted the U.S. Department of State, and the bodies were found during a welfare check at their condo in Tulum, on the Yucatan Peninsula.

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Kevin and Amy Sharp and their two children, 12-year-old Sterling and 7-year-old Adrianna, were found dead in the condo they had rented at a resort near Akumal, which is down the Caribbean coast from Cancún.

The U.S. Consulate in Mexico informed the family about the source of the leak, Jana Weland, Amy Sharp's cousin, told The Des Moines Register. One family member said she felt like "she lost half her family".

The family had not been heard from since they left for Mexico on a trip on March 15. "All we know is that God is with us and will help us get through this".

On Sunday, hundreds gathered around the infield at VFW Field in Creston to mourn and to celebrate the lives of a the Sharp family, according to the Creston newspaper.

Weland said the family hopes to hold the funeral at Southwestern Community College.

"Creston is close-knit like all small towns in Iowa", Baldwin added.

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