The State Department is concerned about the mysterious deaths of three Americans at a popular beach resort in the Bahamas.
The American tourists — two men and one woman — were found dead on Friday, May 6, inside two separate villas at the Sandals Resort on the Bahamian island of Exuma, according to a press release from the Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF).
They all appeared to die from some kind of undisclosed illness, as there was no indication of physical trauma or foul play at this time, the local police reported.
A fourth person, an American woman, also fell ill and was airlifted to a hospital, according to a statement from the Bahamian prime minister’s office.
A State Department spokesperson confirmed the deaths to the US press and said it was “monitoring the situation” but has yet to launch its own probe.
“We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. Out of respect for the privacy of the families, we have nothing further to add at this time,” a spokesperson said in an email.
Local police said they responded around 9 am on Friday after a staff member at the Sandals Resort reported an American male tourist was found unresponsive in his villa.
Police found the man in his bedroom, lying on the ground. There were no signs of any physical trauma or any other reason to suspect foul play.
A male and female were found in a separate villa, the male “slumped against a wall in a bathroom unresponsive” and the female unresponsive on a bed, according to the RBPF. Both showed signs of convulsion.
“Our initial investigations revealed that the couple found in the second villa complained of illness the previous evening,” the RBPF release read.
The deaths remain under investigation, and police are awaiting the results of a coroner’s report to determine the cause.
This is a developing story.