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Americans Found Dead in Luxury Mexican Hotel, Cause of Death Revealed

The two Americans found dead inside their luxury hotel room in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula Tuesday night have been identified — as authorities revealed the pair had been dead for at least 10 hours before their bodies were discovered.

The victims were identified by the Baja California Sur Attorney General’s Office as John Heathco, 41, and Abby Lutz, 28.

The attorney general’s office told ABC News the pair’s cause of death was “intoxication by substance to be determined.”

Local authorities first said the pair’s cause of death was inhalation of gas, which has happened to other Americans in Mexico in recent years.

There were no signs of violence on their bodies.

Lutz is from Newport Beach, California, according to the attorney general’s office.

Paramedics and police discovered the victims at around 9 p.m. Tuesday in their room at the Hotel Rancho Pescadero, a Hyatt property where rooms cost over $500 a night.

Authorities made the tragic discovery after receiving reports that the Americans were unconscious.

The pair were pronounced dead at the scene.

The local attorney general is currently overseeing the investigation.

Last October, three Americans were found dead at a rented apartment in Mexico, apparently of gas inhalation.

And in 2018, a gas leak in a water heater killed an American couple and their two children at a resort in Tulum.

  • b says:

    Is Mexico trying to ban gas? Things that make you go “Hmmmmm….”

  • Art LaPella says:

    The article mentions inhalation of gas twice before saying someone else died of a “gas leak in a water heater”. That’s confusing some of the comments here. If it’s like a gas leak in a water heater (and it doesn’t directly say that), then it isn’t murder, although careless installation or maintenance might be manslaughter, and regulation might be insufficient. And it wasn’t a drug overdose.

  • KT says:

    Face it, if you’re a US citizen, and as proven a a few months ago you don’t have to just be white, just a US citizen; you are not welcome to Mexico.
    I myself am perfectly fine with that.

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