What started out as a once-in-a-lifetime vacation for one healthy couple from Texas became a nightmare beyond comprehension after the pair died while in Fiji last month from an unknown illness.
A Fort Worth couple died while on vacation in Fiji. "They knew something was going on in their body and were able to get to the hospital", she says. The couple shared a 2-year-old son together and had spent a long time planning their long-awaited trip to the remote island.
Michelle was a former college athlete and David was an Air Force veteran, so both were "very physically fit", Tracey Calanog, Michelle's sister-in-law told KVUE, making their case even more confusing.
The ministry said it was working with police forensics, the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to try to determine what caused the deaths.
Michelle was believed to have died first.
Calanog said the cause of death must be determined before the bodies are returned to the U.S., and if an infectious illness is found to be the cause, their bodies will have to be cremated. "We stand ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance".
Although they were provided medical treatment as the standard of care, their illnesses progressively worsened and despite best efforts - they died within a few days of each other.
She said the couple's children were with relatives. "At this point, we are not aware of any specific public-health threat to the community".
The State Department spokesperson told ABC News it was monitoring the local investigation.
In an attempt to find Zooey, Calanog said she called numerous local dog kennels and posted about her on social media until she was successful in reuniting with the pup.
"We know that Michelle and David are with us in Zooey", Calanog said, reported ABC 7.