7 suspicious cases of tourists getting sick, assaulted, and dying in the Dominican Republic in the l

7 suspicious cases of tourists getting sick, assaulted, and dying in the Dominican Republic in the l


Four Americans have died in the Dominican Republic under suspicious circumstances in the last four months — and several other tourists claim they were poisoned or attacked in the country
Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, died in April after having a drink from his hotel room minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana
His cause of death has not been released. Edward Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Day, of Maryland, and Miranda Schaup-Werner, of Pennsylvania, all died of respiratory failure while staying at the same hotel in the Dominican Republic at the end of May
Several others have said they were poisoned by drinks at the same resort. Additionally, a Delaware woman claimed she was brutally attacked at another Dominican Republic hotel
Police said they are investigating her claims, though have said there are inconsistencies in the case
The country is a popular vacation destination, and the tourism industry accounted for more than 17% of the Dominican Republic’s economy in 2018, according to CNN
Last year, 13 Americans died in the Dominican Republic. Four of the deaths were the results of drownings, four were auto accidents, two were homicides, one was suicide, and one was an undisclosed accident, the US State Department reported
All of this year’s incidents appear to be unrelated. And while tourism is crucial to the region, the recent deaths have raised concerns among visitors

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