DR Tourist Deaths, Local Government Working with US Authorities
Dominican Republic has been in the news a lot recently, for all the wrong reasons. That’s due to some strange deaths that have occurred at two of its resorts. Most of them are recent, but as news spread, people have been coming out with more stories that go back a year or more.
The Dominican Republic’s tourism minister said Wednesday the country is “working closely with the appropriate authorities to solve these cases as quickly as possible,” following the recent deaths of U.S. tourists at the Bahia Principe resort in La Romana.
Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, became ill and died a short time after consuming a mini-bar drink at in her room at the resort. American travelers Nathaniel Edward Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day were discovered dead in their hotel room at the same property the day they were scheduled to check out.
Two more deaths have been reported at at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino resort in Punta Cana. Real estate powerbroker and “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran says her brother was found dead inside his Dominican Republic hotel room in April. It was unclear if Corcoran died at one of the same hotels where the six others were found dead.
Travel Pulse reports that an increasing numbers of clients are opting to cancel their Dominican Republic travel.
Dominican authorities have asked Embassy officials “for FBI assistance for further toxicology analysis on the recent Bahia Principe, La Romana cases,” according to the Embassy’s website. “Our FBI colleagues tell us that those results may take up to 30 days. We ask everyone to be patient while these investigations run their course,” says the statement.