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An update on the mystery deaths in the Bahamas

Samples taken from three tourists from Tennessee and Florida who died at a resort in the Bahamas under mysterious circumstances have been sent to a lab in Philadelphia to expedite results and help authorities understand what happened, officials said Monday.

The police commissioner of the Bahamas, Paul Rolle, said officials also collected samples from the rooms where the tourists were staying and the surrounding property to determine whether any contaminants were present.

The associated press further reports that the samples taken from the victims were sent to a lab in Philadelphia, with results of the toxicology study expected in about a week..

All four tourists went to a doctor the night before their bodies were discovered and they had complained of feeling ill.. It is reported that they went at different times and had eaten different things.