Thursday 19 May 2022 02:04 AM Families of three Americans found dead at Bahamas resort demand SECOND autopsy ... trends now

Thursday 19 May 2022 02:04 AM Families of three Americans found dead at Bahamas resort demand SECOND autopsy ... trends now
Thursday 19 May 2022 02:04 AM Families of three Americans found dead at Bahamas resort demand SECOND autopsy ... trends now

Thursday 19 May 2022 02:04 AM Families of three Americans found dead at Bahamas resort demand SECOND autopsy ... trends now

Families of three American tourists who died while on vacation at the luxury Sandals Emerald Bay resort in the Bahamas have asked for investigators to allow a pathologist from the U.S. to perform a second autopsy on the bodies.

Michael and Robbie Phillips, aged 68 and 65 from Tennessee together with Vincent Chiarella, 64, from Florida, were all found dead on May 6 inside neighboring villas at the resort on Great Exuma Island. The trio were not traveling together. 

Vincent's 65-year-old wife, Donnis, is said to be in good condition and recovering nicely at a hospital in Miami. 

Frustration has been building as relatives appear to have been left in the dark as to what may have caused their untimely deaths. 

'The toxicology reports are still outstanding. There were requests by family members of the deceased to bring in a pathologist from abroad to do another autopsy,' Bahamas Minister of Health and Wellness Michael Darville explained to Eyewitness News Bahamas. 

A second autopsy will now be carried out by an American pathologist looking into the deaths of three Americans at a luxury resort in the Bahamas

A second autopsy will now be carried out by an American pathologist looking into the deaths of three Americans at a luxury resort in the Bahamas

Michael and Robbie Phillips, aged 68 and 65 from Tennessee, died at the resort earlier in May

Michael and Robbie Phillips, aged 68 and 65 from Tennessee, died at the resort earlier in May

The government has agreed for a second pathologist to come to the islands to assist with the case with Darville keen to 'get to the bottom' of the investigation. 

'They're still some investigations ongoing at the Sandals resort. We also have the pathologists in-country who have done their job and samples were sent to a very reliable lab in the United States,' Darville explained. 

As of Wednesday, it remains unclear how the three tourists died at the property.

The website reported that the government will facilitate the request, as Darville wants to 'get to the bottom' of the investigation.

'You know, to move bodies across water, they have to be embalmed and so, that request was made.

'I do not know exactly how far it has gone, but we are willing to assist anyone who wants to get to the bottom of their loved ones [death]. And so, those requests are being entertained. I'm not sure exactly where they are at this point.'

Bahamas Police Commissioner Paul Rolle is in the process of arranging interviews with people based in the U.S. who claim to have information that may help with unravelling the mystery.

The resort has made no further comment on the death of their guests than what had been stated earlier this month. 

'Nothing is more important to Sandals Resorts than the safety of our guests', and 'It is with deep sadness that we can confirm the passing of three guests at Sandals Emerald Bay on May 6, 2022', the resort said in a statement. 

Michael Phillips, 68, left, and his wife, Robbie Phillips, 65, of Tennessee died earlier this month. They are pictured on another vacation in September

Michael Phillips, 68, left, and his wife, Robbie Phillips, 65, of Tennessee died earlier this month. They are pictured on another vacation in September

Vincent Chiarella is pictured with his wife Donnis at Sandals in the Bahamas just days before he died and she was left seriously ill. Her condition is now improving in hospital in Miami

Vincent Chiarella is pictured with his wife Donnis at Sandals in the Bahamas just days before he died and she was left seriously ill. Her condition is now improving in hospital in Miami

Last week, guests complained about a 'strong odor' of insecticide in the area. Meanwhile police were investigating if food may have played a role in the deaths.

'They were all treated at different times and they ate at different places, so... we're checking all of that, which we will hopefully be able to determine whether or not it was some food or something else that caused it,' Paul Rolle explained. 

Samples from all three victims were taken to a lab in Philadelphia and will make up a toxicology report, the results of which are yet to be released. 

Several recent reviewers on TripAdvisor reported seeing bugs in their rooms and one guest speculated that issues with the air conditioning may have caused Freon poisoning. 

All three had reportedly sought medical treatment while staying at the Sandals, the Nassau Guardian reported.  

A spokesperson for Sandals would not comment on the possibility of food poisoning and referred DailyMail.com to an earlier statement.  

One day before her death, Robbie posted pictures of the beach to her Facebook as she apparently tried to sell others on the idea of the resort

One day before her death, Robbie posted pictures of the beach to her Facebook as she apparently tried to sell others on

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