Iowa family died of gas asphyxiation at Mexican resort

Tucker was still tied at the neck and munching on potato chips when her mother Purity Baldwin, temporarily left the room

Civil protection experts examined the condo's gas installations and would issue their findings later, the statement said.

Anxious family members began sharing photos of them on social media but one later revealed the devastating news they had been found dead.

Officials said examinations of the bodies indicated the cause of death was hypoxia, or lack of oxygen, and that investigators thus ruled out suicide or violence.

In 2010, five Canadian tourists and two Mexicans were killed during an explosion of a badly installed gas line at a hotel in the nearby town of Playa del Carmen.

The alarm was raised when they failed to return home to Iowa on Wednesday.

The family was reported missing by relatives in their hometown about a week after the family left for vacation.

Authorities say the family had likely been dead for 36 to 48 hours before they were discovered yesterday.

The family had flown from St Louis to Cancun on March 15 to meet pals at a waterpark but they never showed up.

Hoyt said it was the last time anyone heard from them.

The developer of the Tao condo complex where the deaths occurred was contacted Friday by news reporters, but did not comment.

The family had planned to then drive about 200 miles to Danville, Illinois, to watch a basketball game Thursday, Hoyt said.

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