Dominican officials allegedly pressured tourist's widow to cremate his body

Andrew Cummings
June 18, 2019

June 10, 2019: Leyla Cox, 53, of Staten Island, New York, is found dead in her hotel room. The deaths include drownings, homicides, suicides, and vehicle and other accidents.

"Cheerful, welcoming and hospitable, our Dominican Republic, the economy that grows the most in America, with its lovely beaches and mountains, its tasty gastronomy and hardworking people invites you to know and love it", he said in a tweet last week. Its proximity to the US mainland, crystal clear waters, and an absolute glut of all-inclusive resorts have made it the obvious choice for millions of USA travelers - to the tune of 2.1 million visitors in 2017 alone.

"These incidents, while recent, in my mind don't indicate Dominican Republic is any less safe than it was before", Bradley said. "The Dominicans said that I had to sign papers giving them permission to take her to a funeral home, and if I didn't do that in four hours, they were going to consider her a 'Jane Doe.' They said I had to give them permission to cremate her or embalm her, or I would never get my mother back", Cox told Fox News. According to the Washington Post, he reportedly had "pulmonary edema, an accumulation of fluid in the lungs that can cause respiratory failure, and atherosclerosis" (a build-up of plaque in and on artery walls) at the time of death.

On May 30, staff at the Bahia Principe La Romana found Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, dead. Local government authorities have promised they're working with US authorities to investigate the recent deaths of three USA tourists in Bahia Principe resorts in La Romana and in Punta Cana in May, while saying the cases are "unrelated and isolated". "This is killing me".

The FBI confirmed that it is "assisting the Dominican authorities with their investigation".


He said that he wasn't able to get in touch with Dominican officials but when he spoke to embassy officials, they passed on information from the authorities. "If you have a case where you suspect it's some kind of drug or chemical exposure that's caused a death and the initial round is negative, you probably will go on to do more specialized testing".

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

His wife said staff at the resort repeatedly told her to cremate Harrison as she was paying multiple bills and working out how to get his body back to the U.S. She died within a couple of hours. She attributed his death to "natural causes".

Yvette Monique Sport died of a purported heart attack in June, 2018 at the Bahia Principe Bouganville Hotel, beginning the spate of mysterious deaths.

"Our hands are tied", she said.


July 2018: David Harrison dies while on vacation at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana to celebrate his wedding anniversary.

California man Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died on 14 April after getting sick at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. Early the next morning, she said, he was sweating and unable to get up before he died.

"We just don't know what is happening", McLaughlin told news station KOTV.

"We all either swam in the pool or drank something from the pool's swim-up bar", he said. Her fiance heard her make "a gurgling sound" in her sleep, Nieves said.


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