Fourth American reported dead at Dominican Republic resort in past two months

Cheryl Sanders
June 12, 2019

Robert Wallace of Turlock, Calif., arrived at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana with his wife on April 10 to attend his stepson's wedding but fell ill nearly immediately the day after. Wallace, 67, became severely ill in April after drinking scotch from the minibar in his room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana.

Dominican authorities have yet to give the family a cause of death, Ms Arnold said.

Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day were celebrating their engagement before they both died in their room at the Bahia Principe sister resort.

On May 25, 41-year-old Miranda Schaup-Werner from Pennysylvania died in her room at Grand Bahia Principe Hotel La Romana in Punta Cana.

A Maryland man also died suddenly past year at the same Hard Rock Hotel at which Wallace was staying, according to Fox News.


"He started feeling very sick, he had blood in his urine and stool right afterward", Arnold said, adding that she and other relatives were confused by the circumstances surrounding Wallace's death.

Asked about contacts with Dominican police and authorities, Bullock said "it has been very, very hard".

Dominican authorities told Fox News that preliminary and final autopsy reports indicate that all died of natural causes, but families of the deceased are waiting on toxicology results. The man made a decision to go to the hospital on April 13 and died the next day.

Hotel officials say an investigation showed Schaup-Werner died of a heart attack; a family spokesperson said she died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema.

Authorities said Harrison died from a heart attack, but his widow, Dawn McCoy, told Inside Edition that her husband was a very healthy person and said she's not convinced. 'We don't want this to happen to anyone else'. He died the next day.


David Harrison, a Maryland resident, also died previous year at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort, the New York Post reported.

'Out of respect for the family during this hard time, we do not have additional information to provide'.

"My 6-year-old and 3-year-old used run in the house and jump on him on the couch and he'd wrestle with them for hours on end", Tickenhoff said. "We have some reporters on the ground that are assisting us in gathering information that might be available", he told AFP. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating the couple's claims of being poisoned.

The FBI is now investigating the recent outbreaks.


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