Iowa family of four found dead in Mexico killed by gas

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A prosecutor in Mexico said Monday that a gas leak in a water heater is suspected in the death of an Iowa couple and their two children last week. Officials found the bodies in the condo during a welfare check.

Autopsies indicate the family died from inhaling toxic gas in the resort of Tulum, but the source hadn't been determined.

The bodies of 41-year-old Kevin Sharp, 38-year-old Amy Sharp, 12-year-old Sterling Sharp, and seven-year-old Adrianna Sharp were discovered early Friday in a vacation condo in Tulum, Mexico.

The findings offer some answers to the sudden disappearance and deaths of the family of four from Creston, Iowa, about 70 miles southwest of Des Moines.

According to ABC Des Moines affiliate WOI, the family left for Mexico on March 15 and were expected back in the USA on Wednesday.

"It's been very stressful, but the consulate's been good about helping us", said Weland. "We're all supporting her each other", Amy Sharp's sister, Renee Hoyt, told ABC News.

In fact, the Sharps' family members hadn't heard anything from Kevin or Amy since the day they arrived to Mexico.

The relatives made a decision to wait until Thursday in case the Sharps had just planned to stay an extra day, Weland told ABC News.

Relatives reported them missing to the US embassy on Friday.

Miss Humphreys says she is now trying to get in contact with the seller of the hoverboard - which she bought on eBay - to informed them of what happened as she says she's "worried it could happen again" to someone else.

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The family's bodies were found inside their Mexican holiday house.

The Sharp family, from Creston, Iowa, was vacationing in Mexico and killed by toxic gas. The phone had not moved from its location since Thursday morning.

Major says extended family became concerned when the Sharps didn't return home for a basketball game.

It's smart to contact the vacation rental host and ask about such features, she said. Her brother was an athlete who played baseball, swam and hunted.

"We especially would like to thank the medical staff that has treated and will continue to treat our loved one; they're unbelievable!"

Kevin Sharp was a stock auto racer who drove at the Adams County Speedway, a NASCAR racing track, and was known as "The Sharpshooter", the Des Moines Register reported.

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

"I've traveled internationally with my family a lot", said high school senior, Maddie Wasson.

The speedway hosted a vigil for the family on Saturday. "He's one of the hardest working kids that I know, and has a tremendous personality and he's always doing the right thing".

The family is working on getting the bodies back to US soil for a funeral.

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