The State Department said Sunday that it was “closely monitoring” an investigation by the Royal Bahamas Police into the death of three Americans at a resort in the Bahamas.
The three were found dead and a fourth was hospitalized on Friday at Sandals Emerald Bay Resort on the island of Great Exuma in the Bahamas. The circumstances of their deaths were not disclosed, but the Royal Bahamas Police Force said that two of the individuals reported feeling unwell and received medical treatment.
“We can confirm the death of three US citizens in the Bahamas,” the State Department wrote in a statement to USA TODAY. “We are closely monitoring the investigation by local authorities into the cause of death. We are ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. Out of respect for the families’ privacy, we have nothing further to add at this time.”
Employees at the Sandals resort informed Bahamian police that they found the body of an unresponsive man in one village and another unresponsive man and woman in another village, according to police.
Police declared the first man dead at the scene and found no signs of trauma to his body. In the second village, police discovered an unconscious man leaning against the bathroom wall, and another unconscious woman in a bed. Both were pronounced dead at the scene and also showed no signs of trauma.
The couple from the second village showed signs of “seizure”, according to police. The couple sought medical attention the day before and returned to the hotel after receiving treatment at a facility, police said.
The identities of the three victims have not been released. Another American woman was airlifted to a hospital, Interim Prime Minister of the Bahamas Chester Cooper said in a statement. Police do not suspect foul play, Cooper said.
Bahamas Minister of Health, Dr. Michael Darville said Eyewitness News Bahamas on Saturday that some hotel guests sought treatment for nausea and vomiting on Thursday and returned to the resort.
Environmental health scientists, doctors and others were flown in to investigate conditions at the resort to ensure there was no public health risk to other guests or staff.
“We feel like what we’re seeing is an isolated case associated with a specific area,” Darville said.
Contribution: The Associated Press