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Bahamas sends samples to US laboratories from 3 tourists who died at Sandals resort

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Samples taken from three U.S. tourists who died while vacationing at a Bahamas resort under mysterious circumstances have been sent to a U.S. laboratory, officials said Monday.

Paul Rolle, chief superintendent of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, said officials collected samples from the rooms and surrounding property where tourists stayed in Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma to determine if contaminants were present.

“We really want to know what caused this,” he said.

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The pool area at Sandals Emerald Bay resort in June 2016.

The pool area at Sandals Emerald Bay resort in June 2016.
(Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images for sandals)

The samples were taken to a laboratory in Philadelphia. Toxicological results are expected in a week, Rolle said.

The bodies of Michael Phillips, 68, and Robbie Phillips, 65, a married couple from Tennessee, and a Florida resident Vincent Paul Chiarella, 64, were found Friday morning. They had lived in separate villas.

Chiarella’s wife, Donnis, was flown to a Florida hospital and remained in critical condition, Rolle said.

Michael and Robbie Phillips jointly owned a travel company called The Sand Lady from Royal Travel and are survived by their three children and six grandchildren.

She posted pictures of the resort’s beach on her Facebook page Thursday and said she was there with her husband.

“Our hearts are mourning and broken, but full of hope. We know that our mother and father experience fullness of joy in the presence of Heavenly Father,” the family said in a statement to the media Monday. “We miss them already terribly. Our parents left a legacy of faith in Jesus and generously loved their family and friends.”

Fox News has reached out to Sandals Resorts.

Robbie and Michael Phillips, two of the victims discovered, died May 6 at Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas.  Samples taken from the couple and a Florida resident who also died have been sent to a U.S. laboratory for testing.

Robbie and Michael Phillips, two of the victims discovered, died May 6 at Sandals Emerald Bay in Great Exuma, Bahamas. Samples taken from the couple and a Florida resident who also died have been sent to a U.S. laboratory for testing.
(Facebook / Thesandalslady)

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The deaths come seven years after a Delaware family became seriously ill at a resort in the US Virgin Islands. The US authorities determined that methyl bromide, a highly toxic pesticide banned for indoor residential use in 1984, was to blame and had been used at this resort several times.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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