Concern Grows As Another US Tourist Dies In Dominican Republic

Fourth American Tourist Recently Died in Dominican Republic After Drinking From Minibar Report

U.S. authorities are scrambling to get to the bottom of a rash of deaths of United States tourists in the Dominican Republic, with the number of reported fatalities over the past year now rising to six.

As news of these deaths continues to populate headlines, The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana issued its own public statement after two Americans staying at the resort also fell ill and died suddenly within the past year.

Wallace, who was reportedly urinating blood, died three days after falling ill at the resort.

The increase in the number of mysterious deaths and sudden illnesses at resorts in the Dominican Republic has drawn an unsettling amount of attention to the nation.

Five days later, Maryland couple Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63 and Cynthia Day, 49, were found unresponsive in their hotel room at the same resort.

They had checked in on the same day that 41-year-old Pennsylvania woman Miranda Schaup-Werner collapsed and died after drinking from the minibar at the same resort on May 25, the New York Post reported.

David Harrison, 45, of Maryland died at the same resort in July 2018 while celebrating his wedding anniversary with his wife and 12-year-old son.

Arnold said her uncle was in good health and had just gone skiing in Lake Tahoe a month prior.

Though her death was initially ruled a heart attack, with the news that several American tourists have died at the Bahía Príncipe in Punta Cana, Sport's cause of death is being investigated again.


In regards to Schaup-Werner, the company stated that the National Institute of Forensic Sciences and the National Police Investigations Unit determined her cause of death to be a heart attack and that her husband, Dan Werner, confirmed she had a history of heart conditions.

"The safety of U.S. citizens that live in, work in, and visit the Dominican Republic remains our highest priority", Robin Bernstein, the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, said in a statement.

As for Day and Holmes, police said an autopsy concluded the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, an abnormal buildup of fluid in the lungs.

"We plan to do our own toxicology and autopsy", Bullock said.

"She was 51 years of age, relatively healthy, no reason for her to go on vacation and die so suddenly", Nieves told Fox29.

View of Bavaro beach, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on January 16, 2012. Schaup-Werner had arrived at the resort less than 24 hours earlier. "He had blood in his urine and stool right afterward". On April 11 he had scotch from the minibar. "We don't want this to happen to anyone else".

"We have so many questions", Arnold said.

Authorities said they won't be able to provide more details on the causes of death until toxicology results are completed. He was in the Dominican Republic vacationing, according to his obituary, which said he died "unexpectedly".

"At this point, we are not aware of any connection between these incidents", the official told ABC News in a statement.

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