Police in the Caribbean archipelago said the bodies of three American tourists found dead at a luxury resort in the Bahamas will be autopsied Monday in an attempt to determine the cause of the mysterious deaths.
The Bahamas Police Chief, Paul Roll, added during a press conference that samples taken from the bodies of the victims and the villas in which they reside will be subject to toxicology analyzes.
He said these analyzes should determine whether the deaths were caused by some kind of contaminant or by food.
Mr Rolle said the results of these tests, carried out with the help of a US laboratory, should be available within a week.
A 68-year-old man and his 65-year-old wife, from the southern US state of Tennessee, and a 64-year-old man from Florida (southeast) were found dead Friday morning in Sandals Emerald Bay on an island. Great Exuma, about 200 kilometers southeast of the capital, Nassau.
Rolle said the Florida man’s wife, who was found unresponsive, has been taken to a Miami hospital where she remains in serious condition.
The police officer said the couple were staying in nearby villas, and each victim said he felt unwell the day before his death.
But they “reported ill at different times and were treated in different locations,” which made it difficult for resort staff to make contact, he said.
On Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas Chester Cooper ruled out that the deaths were the result of foul play.