Fourth American died at Dominican Republic resort, report says

Saul Bowman
June 13, 2019

Wallace is the fourth American tourist reported dead in the Dominican Republic in the last two months and the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed Friday to Fox News that it is stepping in to investigate the string of mysterious deaths.

Family members of 67-year-old Robert Bell Wallace told Fox News that Wallace became ill nearly immediately after he had a scotch from the room's minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana.

"He started feeling very sick, he had blood in his urine and stool right afterward", Arnold said, adding that she and other relatives were confused by the circumstances surrounding Wallace's death.

She said a hotel doctor had checked Mr Wallace, then decided on April 13 he needed to be hospitalised.

Dominican authorities have yet to give the family a cause of death, Ms Arnold said.

Wallace is the fourth American to die while visiting the Dominican Republic since the end of April.

What's even weirder? Several of the deaths have occurred at the same resort.

"Fit and healthy" David Harrison, from Maryland, died aged 45 at the Hard Rock last July.

Last week, a Colorado couple who stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe Hotel alleged that they had become violently ill after being exposed to what they suspect were insecticides through the air conditioning system.

Elaborating, she said that she got a 7UP bottle from the minibar in her hotel room and allegedly found bleach instead of soda. In that case, Tourism Minister Francisco Javier García said an autopsy shows that Schaup-Werner, 41, of Allentown, suffered a heart attack. Officials said Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, appeared to have suffered respiratory failure and fluid in the lungs. Within five days, three US tourists died in their rooms at hotels owned by the Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts group, a different hotel chain than where McCoy and her husband stayed.

Thousands of miles from home, Wallace became the first of four American tourists to die while vacationing at Dominican resorts.

"I didn't plan on coming back a widow", Dawn McCoy said through tears.

Harrison and Wallace both died at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana. "We have so many questions", she said.

- Last year, Yvette Monique Sport, 51, of Pennsylvania, died after drinking from the minibar at the Bahia Principe in Punta Cana during a trip with her fiance. "We were promised within three months that we would receive a toxicology report".

Another couple, Kaylunn Knull and Tom Schwander also reported of headaches abdominal cramps and diarrhea after encountering a strong smell of chemicals in the La Romana hotel in June 2018. The FBI is helping local authorities investigate these deaths.

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