Was Couple Vacationing in Dominican Republic Poisoned?

Saul Bowman
June 7, 2019

The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for the Dominican Republic in April for crime before updating it in May to rank the nation a level 2 travel advisory for crime, which warns travelers to exercise increased caution.

"During the event and in the days that followed we provided our complete support to Mr. Werner in collaboration with local authorities and the U.S. Embassy", the statement from Bahia Principe Hotel and Resorts said.

McDonald also explained that Schaup-Werner's family requested for her body to be sent back to the US for further investigation.

The Dominican Republic resort where a DE mother says she was viciously attacked and left for dead in January, issued a statement Wednesday saying the woman demanded $2.2 million in compensation before posting her story on Facebook. We offer our sincerest condolences to the families for their loss.

Five Americans have now died while vacationing overseas in a span of just a few weeks, with a couple in Fiji recently passing from an unknown illness.

On Thursday, the couple was found dead in their hotel room, according to a statement released by the Playa Nueva Romana resort, where the couple had been staying since May 25 before their May 30 death.

Just six months into the year, there have already been at least five deaths and at least one attempted murder of American tourists in the Dominican Republic, which has been a popular vacation spot for years.

The Dominican Republic's prosecutor's office said forensics experts have taken samples and are performing toxicological and other tests to determine the cause of death.


Adding to the mystery, the three people all reportedly died of the same cause.

The couple's bodies showed no signs of violence, police said. In fact, in an ironic twist, she went to Oxon Hill High School with Cynthia Day, but says they hadn't spoken in years.

Days before their deaths, Holmes posted Facebook photos of him and Day enjoying their time in open waters.

La Romana is on the Caribbean coast and has a population of about 130,000.

Sunrise on the beach at the Gran Bahia Principe resort in the Dominican Republic.

"Some news media sources in the United States have reported on the story considering her accounts are true and definitive, instead of waiting for a final resolution of the case, that not only affects Majestic Resorts, but also tourism for the entire Dominican Republic". Ravenelle was found unconscious on the side of the road and later died at a local hospital.

"After their investigation, authorities understand that the scenario is still unclear, and that there are weak points and unanswered questions to answer in this odd and unusual case".

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