American tourist death count at Dominican Republic resorts rises

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • Another American tourist ‘suddenly’ died while on vacation in the Dominican Republic, bringing the number of mysterious deaths to six, according to a new report by Fox News.
  • The rise in death count prompted an investigation by the FBI.
  • The families of the deceased came forward after news came that three other Americans, including an engaged couple, died suddenly last month, within five days of each other at another all-inclusive resort on the island.



Another American tourist ‘suddenly’ died while on vacation in the Dominican Republic, bringing the number of mysterious deaths to six, according to a new report by Fox News. The rise in death count prompted an investigation by the FBI.

Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, was the latest fatality. According to his niece, Chloe Arnold, Wallace died after drinking scotch from the minibar in his room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana in April.

Last year, David Harrison of Maryland died at the same hotel. Like Arnold, Harrison’s family is also questioning his sudden death in the country.

The families came forward after news came that three other Americans, including an engaged couple, died suddenly last month, within five days of each other at another all-inclusive resort on the island.

Arnold described her uncle as someone who loves to travel and was fine until that drink in the minibar.

“He started feeling very sick, he had blood in his urine and stool right afterward,” she said.

Wallace died after three days since he started falling ill. Arnold told Fox that authorities have yet to determine the cause of death.

“We offer our sincerest condolences to the family for their loss,” the State Department said in a statement.

The FBI vowed to join in the investigation into the deaths in the Dominican Republic. Some experts are already conducting tests at the Bahia Principe resort-hotel, where the first three tourists died, according to Fox.

The alarming series of deaths broke out when an engaged couple from Maryland, Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, were found dead in their room at the Bahia Principe La Romana on May 30.

The couple had checked in on the same day that Miranda Schaup-Werner of Pennsylvania died in her room. The 41-year-old collapsed after having a drink from her minibar in a neighboring hotel on the same resort on May 25.

The cause of death of the three tourists — pulmonary edema and respiratory failure.

Last July, David Harrison also died of the same conditions — pulmonary edema and respiratory failure — at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana.

“I no longer feel like my husband died of natural causes,” said his widow, Dawn McCoy.

The family Yvette Monique Sport, 51, from Pennsylvania,  questioned her death at the Bahia Principe resort in Punta Cana last June. They were told she died of a heart attack.

 

Source: New York Post

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