1. A family is desperate for answers after 20-year-old student died on a luxury Mexican holiday.
Wisconsin family can’t get answers about daughter’s death in Mexico. https://t.co/LEGScRugx4
— Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) July 13, 2017
A family is desperately searching for answers after a 20-year-old woman died in mysterious circumstances at a five-star resort in Mexico.
Abbey Conner, was found face-down and unresponsive in the hotel’s swimming pool just hours after arriving at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar resort with her family in January, the Journal Sentinel reports.
Her brother, 22-year-old Austin, was also found unconscious by her side.
The siblings’ parents, mum Ginny McGowan and stepdad John, were not notified of the incident until they alerted hotel staff that their children had failed to meet them for dinner.
When they arrived at the hospital, where Abbey and Austin had been taken, they found their son sedated. But Abbey was unresponsive and required a ventilator to help her breathe.
A few days later, Abbey was declared brain-dead and her family made the decision to take her off life support.
Her family are now searching for answers after her death certificate declared she had died from “accidental drowning”. But her blood alcohol level was 0.25, and her family believes she may have been drugged.
Mexican investigators only interviewed three hotel staffers in relation to the incident – and police notes failed to document where the interviews took place. Ginny said no one from the luxury resort spoke to them after her daughter’s death.
The circumstances surrounding the incident are equally as bizarre. After landing at the hotel, Abbey and Austin had headed straight for the pool and drank together at the swim-up bar.
They agreed to meet up with their parents at 7pm for dinner.
Austin said he and Abbey were talking to a group of young guys at a bar. The last thing he remembers is taking a shot.
He had no idea what was in the drink, and the next thing he knew he was waking up in an ambulance.