The pathologist “agreed to perform an autopsy” on Monday, Bahamas Police Commissioner Paul Roll said, adding that more information will be provided when available.
No signs of injury were found on the bodies, the Royal Bahamas Police Force said in a statement to CNN, and the circumstances are under police investigation.
How did the situation unfold?
According to a police report, Georgetown police received a call from staff just after 9 a.m. Friday that there was an unresponsive male in one of the resort’s villas.
On the way to the scene, police were told, and a man and a woman, both unresponsive, were found in another villa on the property.
In the first villa, police found “a Caucasian man lying on the ground unresponsive” with no signs of injury. The doctor pronounced him dead, police said. The woman, who was admitted to the hospital, was found with him, Roll said Saturday.
In the second villa, they found a man “falling unresponsively on the wall in the bathroom” and the woman “was found lying in bed in a bedroom,” the police report said.
“Both showed signs of seizures,” the release said, and showed no signs of shock.
“The night before, they all said they were not feeling well,” Roll said, and “was seen by doctors.” They were treated at different times and ate before in different places, he said.
When asked at a news conference how long the guests may have been dead before they were found, Roll said, “They were seen by the doctor the night before, it was about 11am, they were found the next morning. We have a schedule … from 11pm. 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. “
Who are the victims?
Vincent Paul Ciarella, 64, of Florida, was the third person to die.
Tonis Ciarella told his son he was unwell on Thursday, but after he was released from a clinic, according to the ABC, he “thought he was fine”.
He said he was heartbroken by his father’s death. “My dad is everything to me,” he told ABC.
Attempts by CNN to reach Austin Ciarella failed.
Philips’ daughter Carolyn Phillips Fortenbury sent a statement to CNN on Monday.
“Our hearts are broken with grief, but full of hope,” he wrote. “We know that our mother and father enjoy full joy in the presence of our Heavenly Father. We already miss them so much. Our parents left faith in Jesus and loved their family and friends generously.”
Authorities are working on plans to repatriate the bodies of the dead, and arrangements are being made to hand over their belongings to their representatives in the United States, Roll said.
Where does the investigation stand?
Bahamas’ caretaker Prime Minister Chester Cooper has said no wrongdoing was suspected in Friday’s deaths.
Roll declined to answer reporters’ specific questions on Monday about whether officers were following specific procedures, saying several samples had been collected from the premises and that their forensic examination would help determine if there were any chemicals.
Roll says a lab in Philadelphia is collaborating with Bahamian pathologists to facilitate toxicology tests and get results within seven days.
The Department of Environmental Health Services was on display at the resort on Monday, Roll said.
The U.S. State Department said in a statement that “we are closely monitoring the local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death and are ready to provide all possible diplomatic assistance.”
Sandals Resorts told CNN on Saturday that “shoe resorts are no more important than the safety of our guests” and expressed “deep sadness” over the deaths.
The resort has been working to “support the inquiries and the families of guests in all possible ways” but has not been able to release further information “respecting the privacy of our guests”.
CNN’s Ray Sanchez, Carlos Suarez, Carol Alvarado, Sara Smart, Hira Humayun, Jason Hanna, Theresa Waldrop, Rebekah Riess, Eliott C. McLaughlin, Steve Almasy, Sarah Jorgensen and Susannah Cullinane contributed to this report.
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