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Couple Sandals found dead in Bahamas were travel agent who told about resort

A married Tennessee couple, who were among three Americans found dead at the Bahamas sandals resort, were travel agents who raved about the luxury getaway destination before their deaths.

Authorities confirmed on Monday that Michael Phillips, 68, and his wife Robbie, 65, died under mysterious circumstances at their villa at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Exuma Island last Friday.

Just a day before their bodies were finally found on Facebook, Robbie posted a great review of the Emerald Bay Resort and a handful of beach photos.

“If you want the most beautiful long private beach with clear blue water and you like to hear the waves humming, watch the sand dunes and listen to the seagulls talk – that’s it!” Robbie wrote.

The couple, who live in Maryville, run a Royal Travel Agency together and were no strangers to Sandals Resorts, according to their social media pages.

They will book honeymoons, destination weddings and vacations for clients at various Sandals Resorts, their website showed.

Robbie and Michael Phillips on the beach.
Robbie and Michael Phillips died under mysterious circumstances at their villa at the Sandals Emerald Bay resort on Exuma Island last Friday.
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In addition to her travel agency, Robbie also runs a travel site called The Sand Lady, where she describes herself as a “certified sandal expert” and “a member of the elite sandal chair’s Royal Club”.

The couple is survived by their three adult children and six grandchildren.

“Our hearts are sad and broken but full of hope. We know that our mothers and fathers are experiencing the fullness of joy in the presence of our Heavenly Father,” the Phillips family told The Post in a statement.

Robbie and Michael Phillips on the beach.
The day before Phillips was found, Robbie posted a great review of the Emerald Bay resort on Facebook.
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An outside view of Sandals Resort.
Phillips ran a travel agency and regularly booked trips for clients at various Sandals Resorts.
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A view of the beach at Sandals Resort.
Robbie describes himself as a “certified sandal expert” and “a member of the Royal Club of elite sandal presidents”.
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“We miss him so much already. Our parents left a legacy of faith in Jesus and generously loved his family and friends.”

Paul Rowley, Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, said the body of Vincent Chiarella, 64, of Florida, was also found on Friday in an isolated villa at the resort.

Rowley said Chiarella’s wife, Donice, was taken to a hospital in Florida and remains in critical condition.

Robbie and Michael Phillips in formal dress.
Phillips had previously sought medical treatment because he was feeling unwell.
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Robbie and Michael Phillips at the dinner table.
The Phillips family told the Post that their parents are “experiencing the fullness of joy in the presence of our Heavenly Father.”
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Police tape outside a Sandals resort room.
Phillips was among three Americans found dead at the Bahamas sandals resort.
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According to local officials, the three Americans found dead had earlier sought medical treatment because they were feeling unwell.

Samples taken from three dead tourists have since been sent to a laboratory in Pennsylvania to help authorities understand what happened.

Officials have also collected samples from the rooms where they were staying and the surrounding property to determine if any contaminants were present.

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