Missing Iowa family of four found dead while vacationing in Mexico
“The Sharps have been located. They were found last night in their condo deceased. There was no foul play! At this time that is all the information we have,” family friend Ashli Peterson wrote on Facebook Friday.
Kevin Wayne Sharp, 41, his wife Amy Marie Sharp, 38, and their kids, Sterling Wayne Sharp, 12, and Adrianna Marie Sharp, 7, were reported missing after they failed to board a plane from Cancun to St. Louis at the end of their trip.
Creston police confirmed the family died in their vacation condominium in Akumal, Mexico, near Tulum.
Authorities said that there was “no sign of any traumatic injury” though it wasn’t immediately clear what caused their deaths.
Creston Police Chief Paul Ver Meer said the department is awaiting autopsy results.
“It’s a very sad day for the Sharp family and the city of Creston as a whole,” he said. “We’ll work through this together.”
They’d left the United States for Tulum, Mexico on March, 15, Peterson said in the post.
Family members last heard from the Sharps Thursday, when they said they had safely arrived in Mexico.
Autopsies are being performed on the bodies in Mexico, police said.
The Sharps were scheduled to travel from St. Louis to Danville, Illinois for a Southwestern Community College basketball game Thursday, the Des Moines Register reported.
Amy Sharp’s sister, Renee Hoyt, told the Creston News Advertiser that the last anyone heard from the Sharps was on the 15th.
“On Wednesday at 7 p.m., Amy sent a text to our mom that said, ‘We made it to our condo,’” Hoyt said. “That is the last communication she made.”
On March 16, the State Department issued a travel advisory warning travelers about travel to Mexico.
“Exercise increased caution in Mexico due to crime. Some areas have increased risk,” the advisory read.
The Sharps were big fans of Southwestern men’s basketball team.
“The situation with the Kevin and Amy Sharp family is weighing heavily on our hearts and minds,” Southwestern coach Todd Lorensen told the Des Moines Register. “Members of their families have been strong Southwestern supporters for years. I consider them friends. They were to be here watching us play basketball this week,” Lorensen said.
Ver Meer said “this is the first tragedy like this we’ve had where somebody’s been on vacation and a family has been killed for some unknown reason.”
He added that Creston, a community of roughly 8,000 people, is tighknit, and many of its residents were connected to the Sharps.