Mark Murphy on Recent Tourist Deaths in Dominican Republic

Saul Bowman
June 11, 2019

She suddenly felt ill and collapsed. "We all over again narrate our condolences to Mr. Werner and his family and chums on the passing of Mrs. Schaup-Werner". A newly-engaged couple from Prince George's County who were mysteriously found dead in their hotel room at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana on May 30.

She mentioned a resort doctor had checked Wallace, then decided on April 13 that he wanted to be hospitalized.

Day and Holmes were due to leave the island last Thursday - the same day their bodies were found in a room. "We don't want this to happen to anyone else".

Knull said she thinks their illnesses and the tourists' deaths must be related. "It was just so much pain", Schwander told CNN. Once they arrived, he helped them with their luggage and took off.

She told various news outlets an effort to reach an out-of-court settlement had failed, and the resort's insurance company eventually sent a letter saying Majestic Elegance bore no responsibility since she couldn't identify her assailant as an employee. The hotel chain believes the couple visited the capital because a bag from a Santo Domingo pharmacy was found in the room.

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

"Boat ride of a lifetime!" one caption said.

The bodies of all three Americans were transported to forensic science institutes in the nation for examinations, officials said.

Noticing blood in the sink, she turned to her boyfriend, she said. Frank Felix Durán Mejia of the Dominican Republic National Police. Dominican authorities acquire yet to present the family a trigger of demise, Arnold mentioned.

The FBI is investigating the three most recent deaths. What is known, however, is that all three deaths were tied to respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, or fluid in the lungs. Investigators found blood pressure medication and several prescription pill bottles, including one that contained five-milligram doses of oxycodone, a painkiller.


This week, a Colorado couple announced that they filed a lawsuit in the Dominican Republic against the Bahia Principe resort group, alleging that they fell ill because of pesticides while staying at one of the chain's properties a year ago. Within two hours, local officials said, the Pennsylvania resident was dead.

Authorities did not provide a cause of death in Schaup-Werner's case. She alleged that the attacker became as soon as wearing a resort uniform.

McCoy says her husband also died from the disease mixed with a heart attack.

"My husband was once a truly match, very wholesome particular person when he handed away", she told Interior Model.

"He was once relaxed", Arnold acknowledged of her uncle, who owned a building business and whose obituary page was once filled with feedback about his generosity and compassion.

"We are awaiting the results, especially in regards to the tragic death of the couple from Maryland", a spokeswoman for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism told Fox.

Knull told CNN that the recent deaths of a Maryland couple and a Pennsylvania woman at the resort had prompted her to speak out about their nightmarish ordeal.

In a statement, the US State Department confirmed the death.

All three were staying at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana resort in different hotels on the same complex.

Roughly half of the Dominican Republic's 5 million annual tourists come from the United States. "The development of a professional tourist police corps, institution of a 911 system in many parts of the country, and a concentration of resources in resort areas means these tend to be better policed than urban areas like Santo Domingo", the State Department stated.

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