Family member speaks after Iowa family found dead in Mexico

Published: Mar. 23, 2018 at 11:30 PM CDT
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Creston police have confirmed that a family of four that were reported missing have been found dead in Mexico.

Forty-one-year-old Kevin,38-year-old Amy, 12-year-old Sterling and 7-year-old Adrianna Sharp were found dead in a condominium of a tourist complex in Tulum, Mexico.

Police said there were no signs of foul play in the deaths. An investigation is underway and autopsies are being performed in Mexico.

Jana Wedlund, Amy's cousin, said the family knew the Sharps had checked into their condo, but had no further communication.

“I guess that we were all just hoping for the best, that maybe they had planned to stay another day," Welund said.

The family had not been heard from since leaving on a trip to Mexico on March 15.

According to social media posts from family members, Kevin, Amy, Sterling and Adrianna Sharp were expected to arrive in St. Louis on March 21 to see a Southwestern Community College basketball game in Danville, Illinois.

"We watched the flights leave Cancun and land in St. Louis. We watched the last one leave Cancun. We were hoping that we would hear from them then. When we did not we knew that something was wrong," Welund said.

Creston police confirmed an active missing persons case and said they were working with the State Department to gather information.

Relatives said there has been no contact from the family since they reported arriving safe in Tulum, Mexico on March 15.

Relatives had filed a missing persons report through the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

The family said Mexican authorities did a welfare check on the family's rented condo and found them inside.

"Right now, we do know there was no foul play. There was no forced entry into the condo," Welund said.

"The only thing we’re thankful for, the only thing they’ve given us hope for, is that it was very peaceful.”