Local authorities in Baja California Sur, Mexico, have reported the discovery of two American citizens who were found dead in their luxurious hotel room, Your Content has learned.
The incident took place at Hotel Rancho Pescadero in El Pescadero on Tuesday evening, as confirmed by the police and paramedics who responded to the scene.
The victims have been identified as John Heathco, aged 41, and Abby Lutz, aged 28. Both individuals hailed from Newport Beach, California, according to the Baja California Sur Attorney General’s office, which released their names.
The cause of death is currently suspected to be “intoxication by substance to be determined,” as stated by the Attorney General’s office on Wednesday.
The bodies had been deceased for approximately 10 to 11 hours prior to their discovery, and no signs of physical harm were evident, according to the same source.
The family of Abby Lutz expressed their deep sorrow in a statement released on Thursday.
They described her as an adventurous and kind-hearted person, passionate about traveling and embracing life to the fullest.
They requested thoughts and prayers during this incredibly challenging period.
Henar Gil, the general manager of Rancho Pescadero, emphasized that the hotel’s staff does not believe the cause of death was connected to any issues with the hotel’s infrastructure or facilities.
He specifically ruled out possibilities such as carbon monoxide or any gas-related incidents.
Gil further pledged the hotel’s full cooperation with the ongoing investigation by the authorities and extended condolences to the grieving families.
A spokesperson from the U.S. State Department expressed their condolences on Thursday, confirming the deaths of the two American citizens in Baja California Sur.
The State Department assured that they are closely monitoring the local authorities’ investigation into the circumstances of their deaths and are prepared to provide appropriate consular assistance.
Out of respect for the privacy of the families, no further details were disclosed at this time, according ABC News.