Relative Says Sharp Family Killed by Gas Leak from Appliance

Amy Sharp are seen in this undated

Quintana Roo State Prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech told a local radio station that investigators discovered that "gas was escaping" from the apartment's hot water boiler, which he said could have been due to poor maintenance.

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 prosecutor also told reporters that "a high level" of gas was found inside the rented condo.

Officials released information Saturday that the family had likely been dead for around 48 hours before their bodies were found and they died of asphyxiation from inhaling poisonous gas.

The Sharps had been expected to leave Mexico on Wednesday to return to the United States. Photos published by the prosecutor's office show firemen in respirators and other workers in anti-contamination suits examining gas connections and the unit's oven.

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.

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The state attorney general's office in the state of Quintana Roo said that investigators were trying to determine the gas that was involved, NBC News reported.

A firefighter examines a gas stove in the rented condo where an Iowa couple and their two children died in Tulum, Mexico.

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The Sharp family was found dead in Tulum on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, officials said.

Amy's mother, Beth Fry, told the Des Moines Register that "half my family is gone".

When the family didn't arrive in St. Louis, family members contacted authorities, she said.

Weland said the family hopes to hold the funeral at Southwestern Community College. More than 300 people attended, according to the Creston News Advertiser. "Here in Iowa racing is a big family; we try to promote it as a family sport and (the Sharps) lived it". The Sharps were supporters of the Creston, Iowa-based school. He said he knew Sharp and his family his entire life and that he and Kevin shared a love for the University of Iowa and the Kansas City Chiefs.

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