An Iowa couple and their two children disappeared last week on their vacation in Tulum, Mexico, never to be heard from again. A gas leak in a water heater at their VRBO rental is now the suspected culprit.
“Unfortunately, they found the area where the water heater was letting gas escape, perhaps because of a lack of maintenance, perhaps because it was in use, perhaps because of the age of the equipment,” prosecutor Miguel Angel Pech told the Radio Formula station. “In fact, a high concentration of this toxic (gas) was found in the room,” Pech said.
In the wake of their horrible deaths, ABC News has a simple suggestion, pack your own carbon monoxide detector when heading on a trip and not staying at a hotel. Based on the batteries within your device, you may need to check a bag with the lifesaving tool.