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2 Americans found dead at luxury hotel in Mexico

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Two Americans were found dead inside a luxury hotel room in Mexico's Baja California peninsula, local authorities said.

Around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, police and paramedics arrived at the Hotel Rancho Pescadero in the seaside Mexican town of El Pescadero after reports of an unresponsive couple. A man and a woman were found inside a hotel room with no vital signs, according to police. The pair were pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities believe the man and woman had been dead for about 10 or 11 hours when they were found. There were reportedly no signs of violence.

The Baja California Sur Attorney General’s Office said in a statement on Wednesday that their cause of death was "intoxication by substance to be determined."

The AG's office identified the deceased Americans as John Heathco, 41, and Abby Lutz, 22. Lutz is from Newport Beach, California.

The local attorney general is overseeing the investigation.

U.S. officials told the Associated Press they were aware of the deaths, but did not comment because of privacy concerns.

Henar Gil, the general manager of Hotel Rancho Pescadero, told Fox News, "We are truly heartbroken by this terrible tragedy. Our hearts are with the impacted families and loved ones during this unimaginable loss. Local authorities are still actively investigating the situation, and the safety and security of our guests and colleagues remains a top priority, as always."

"We can confirm there was no evidence of violence related to this situation, and we are not aware of any threat to guests’ safety or well-being," Gil continued. "We are working to care for those who have been impacted, and we are working closely with authorities as they conduct their investigation to understand the cause of death."

Hyatt didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

Hotel Rancho Pescadero is part of Hyatt's Unbound Collection. Hyatt describes its Unbound Collection as "an exclusive portfolio of upper-upscale and luxury properties designed to captivate travelers seeking distinctive experiences with the reassurance of Hyatt."

Nightly rates at the Hotel Rancho Pescadero start at $540.

Last October, three Americans were found dead at a rented apartment in an upscale neighborhood of Mexico City. The cause of death was determined to be carbon monoxide poisoning.

In 2018, an American couple and their two children died from a "high charge" of gas that escaped from the boiler at a vacation rental in Tulum, Mexico.

Newsweek previously reported, "Though incomplete, the data suggest an average number of U.S. deaths in Mexico of about 194 annually, of which there is an average of 60 homicides a year."

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