Americans Die in Same Dominican Hotel Within Days of Each Other

Larry Hoffman
June 6, 2019

Schaup-Werner had heart issues in the past, while the engaged couple were both prescribed blood pressure medication.

The three deaths at the hotel came a couple of months after a auto crash in the Dominican Republic killed two other American tourists. Dominican officials told the family that the cause of death was "pulmonary oedema and respiratory failure" - the same cause attributed to the Maryland couple.

Less than two months after authorities in the Dominican Republic found the bodies of a missing African American couple from NY, another Black couple from the states were found dead in their hotel room while vacationing on the island, authorities say. The family says Schaup-Werner collapsed and died, shortly after having a drink at the hotel.

Authorities say another woman died at the same Caribbean resort just five days before a Prince George's County couple was found dead inside of their room. Werner reportedly performed CPR but he and emergency medical responders were unable to revive her. There were no signs of violence in the room.

"The U.S. Embassy is actively monitoring the investigations by Dominican authorities into these tragic deaths", it said in a statement to Fox.

Days before their deaths, Holmes posted Facebook photos of him and Day enjoying their time in open waters. According to USA Today, areas popular with tourists, such as Punta Cana, the resort town on the island's eastern shoreline where Lawrence-Daley said she was attacked, and Playa Nueva Romano, the resort on the southern shoreline where Holmes and Day vacationed, are actually thought to be safer. It was later discovered that the pair died after their vehicle plunged off a cliff as they made their way to the airport.

"We are deeply saddened by the incident at one of our hotels in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and want to express our deepest condolences to their family and friends", Bahia Principe Hotels said in a statement. Their bodies were transported to the Dominican National Institute of Forensic Sciences for an exam.

In April, the State Department raised the threat level in the Dominican Republic and urged travelers to exercise increased caution because of high crime rates given that armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault were on the rise. Orlando Moore, 43, and his girlfriend, Portia Ravenelle, 51, had checked out of their hotel in Samana but never made it to their flight back to the United States back in March.

According to the World Health Organization, the Dominican Republic ranked fifth in road deaths per capita in 2016.

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