A doctor has said that the symptoms reported in the tourists who mysteriously died in the Dominican Republic are “consistent with poisoning.”
He added that it is still difficult to pinpoint exactly what caused the deaths of the tourists, and the exact reason will only be known when toxicology reports are available.
“It’s rare for travelers to die of unknown causes like this, and to have a high number of them in a relatively short period of time is alarming, shocking, sad,” Dr. Inglesby told the publication.
“It’s something that investigators should be able to get to the bottom of.”
An FBI investigation has been launched into the string of mysterious deaths at the popular holiday destination, which is visited by more than two million Americans annually.
Due to the similarities among the deaths, the families of the Americans have expressed concerns and have suggested the deaths may be connected, raising suspicions about the luxury resorts they stayed in at the time of their death, reported The Times.
In June 2018, Yvette Monique Sport, 51, died in her room at a Bahia Principe resort in Punta Cana after she had a drink from the hotel’s minibar.
“She was 51 years of age, relatively healthy, no reason for her to go on vacation and die so suddenly,” Nieves told Fox29.
Her cause of death was due to a “heart attack,” said her sister, Felecia Nieves, who has raised suspicions as to whether this was true.
“I no longer feel like my husband died of natural causes,” said his widow, Dawn McCoy, according to The Post.
Before he died, the 67-year-old drank from the hotel’s minibar and his niece, Chloe Arnold, told the station he had been in relatively good health before doing so.
The troubling pattern of deaths made headlines after Maryland couple Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, was found dead at the Bahia Principe La Romana on May 30.
Families said the three died of pulmonary edema and respiratory failure.
“We want these tests and investigation to be carried out carefully and professionally.”
Bahia Principe dismissed the reports of the deaths as inaccurate in a statement on June 7, adding that the hotel was committed to “collaborating completely with the authorities and hope for a prompt resolution of their inquiries and actions,” The Times reported.
Meanwhile, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos announced in a statement on June 11, that it was “deeply saddened by these two unfortunate incidents, and we extend our sincerest sympathy to the families of Mr. Harrison and Mr. Wallace.”
The group said it is waiting for official reports about the deaths, according to The New York Times.
Dr. Inglesby added that it is “unconscionable and inexplicable,” that toxicology reports have not yet been completed or released.
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