MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – An East Tennessee couple discovered dead in the Bahamas ran a vacation agency in Maryville that labored with the Caribbean holiday company which ran the vacation resort in which they have been discovered useless.
Robbie Phillips, 65, and her husband Michael Phillips, 68, of Maryville, Tennessee and Vincent Paul Chiarella, 64, of Florida died in excess of the weekend at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Exuma. Chiarella’s wife, Donnis, was airlifted to a healthcare facility in Florida and remains in major affliction. Samples taken from the deceased have been sent to a Philadelphia laboratory for assessment.
According to the business’ website, the couple owned a Maryville-based mostly Travel Agency called, “The Sand Woman from Royal Travel.” It states the corporation has above 20 decades of practical experience arranging spot getaways in the Caribbean and throughout the planet.
The website claims the pair have 3 little ones and six grandchildren.
“Our hearts are grieving and broken but total of hope. We know our mother and father are dealing with fullness of joy in our heavenly Father’s presence. We already skip them terribly. Our mothers and fathers left a legacy of faith in Jesus and generously cherished their spouse and children and close friends. Thank you for respecting our family’s privateness at this time.”
Phillips spouse and children assertion to ABC News
Many awards and accreditations from the Sandals Travel Agency Recognition Awards are detailed on their internet site. Robbie Phillips is stated as a Qualified Sandals Specialist, a Desired Sandals agent, a Qualified Sandals WeddingMoons Professionals, and a member of the elite Sandals Chairman’s Royal Club, an elite team of best Sandals brokers.
A May possibly 5 Fb submit from the vacation resort purportedly posted by Robbie Phillips said, “If you want the most lovely lengthy personal beach with clear blue water and you like to listen to the waves lapping, see sand dunes and listen to the sea gulls conversing – this is it! Comforting The Greg Norman golf system is a bonus.”
The couple was found lifeless on Friday, May possibly 6. Bahamas Minister of Overall health & Wellness Dr. Michael Darville told ABC Information that some resort visitors went to a clinic Thursday with nausea and vomiting, had been addressed and remaining.
ABC claimed that vacation resort staff members contacted George Town Police Station soon soon after 9 a.m. Friday for a person observed unresponsive in a villa. Although en route it was documented that a different man and woman have been located unresponsive in one more villa, law enforcement mentioned.
Police uncovered the male in the first villa lying on the ground with no symptoms of trauma, authorities mentioned. In the second villa, the man was observed “slumped versus a wall in a bathroom” and the girl was discovered on a mattress, the Royal Bahamas Police Pressure claimed in a assertion.
“Both folks confirmed signs of convulsion,” police said. No indications of trauma had been identified on both body.
“We are intently checking neighborhood authorities’ investigation into the induce of loss of life,” a Office of State spokesperson instructed ABC News. “We stand prepared to give all acceptable consular help. Out of regard for the privateness of the family members, we have absolutely nothing more to incorporate at this time.”
Autopsy final results have been despatched to a lab in the United States to expedite effects and assistance authorities fully grasp what took place, officers reported Monday.
The law enforcement commissioner of the Bahamas, Paul Rolle, said officers also collected samples from the rooms the place the holidaymakers have been staying and the bordering assets to determine no matter if any contaminants were existing.
“We really want to know what caused this,” he said.
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