Why are USA tourists dying in Dominican Republic?

Saul Bowman
June 19, 2019

The victim is the ninth American to die in the Dominican Republic within the past year and a half, according to NBC News.

Previously, the hotel told CNN that Cox had felt unwell and had to be taken to the hospital. "And they tell me it's one case over there, one case over here that's why we are not going to give the refund to nobody it's a lot of death", says Godinez.

"Violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault, is a concern throughout the Dominican Republic", a travel advisory says, noting that resort areas tend to have more of a police presence than urban areas such as Santo Domingo.

Allen's sister, Jamie Reed, told ABC reporters that Allen's son, Amir Allen, landed in the island nation to news of his father's death.

Several of the tourists who died over the past year drank from their hotel minibar before falling ill, say family.

However, officials in the Dominican Republic have called the deaths isolated events as they try to reassure foreigners that their country is safe to visit. Her daughter Libby was one of the members of the group who got sick after eating at a Japanese restaurant at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, where two Americans have died in the past year.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Headquarters in Washington on January 7, 2019.

"We just don't know what is happening", McLaughlin told news station KOTV. His cause of death has not been released.

John Corcoran, Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran's brother, died in the Dominican Republican in April. He was staying at the Terra Linda Resort.


Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia said in a statement to CNN that the country is safe for travel.

Allen's family wants his body sent back to the United States as soon as possible, but she was told by the funeral home they have to embalm his body after the autopsy.

"We've been hooked up to IVs since we first got here with antibiotics, just getting hydrated, anti-nausea medicine", Hill said.

Between the beginning of 2017 and the end of 2018, 30 Americans died in the Dominican Republic of non-natural causes, according to the State Department. Schwander said they woke up one morning to a unusual smell in their room and severe headaches.

Miranda Schaup-Werner checked into the same resort on May 25, where she shared a room with her husband, Dan Werner.

Last July, David Harrison, 45, died at the same hotel, according to his wife, Dawn McCoy.

In April 2019, Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died while staying at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana for his stepson's wedding. Her death was also ruled to be a heart attack. He chose to shower and go to bed early.

The State Department also warns travelers not to drink alcohol alone or with new acquaintances, or to leave drinks unattended. A toxicology report hasn't yet been performed because the island's toxicology machines have reportedly been down.

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