You've booked a Dominican Republic vacation. Do you go, or cancel?

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2019

Several cases about the deaths of American tourists in the Dominican Republic has prompted a hotel chain to speak out, claiming their reputation and image has been tarnished.

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.

American tourist Bell Wallace became sick and urinated blood after having a single whisky from his room's minibar on April 11.

Bob Wallace had been in the island country for a family wedding, but by the time of the actual festivities, the adventure-loving 67-year-old man was hospitalized and too sick to participate.

The deaths came as another American woman said she was brutally beaten at a Dominican resort earlier this year; as a Colorado couple said they barely survived a violent illness there last year; and as baseball legend David Ortiz was recently ambushed and shot while at a club in the country's capital, Santo Domingo.

Maryland couple Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, were found dead just five days later on May 30 at the Bahia Principe hotel from the same reported cause of death, The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported. Among them was Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, of Allentown, who was celebrating her ninth wedding anniversary at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville. They say they experienced headaches, nausea, cramping and diarrhea.

Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has been forced to leave a Dominican Republic hotel where a tourist mysteriously died.

"We were either going to lose all our money or we were going to get to go somewhere else".

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Harrison, McCoy, and their 12-year-old son had been staying at the same Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana that Wallace was staying at. "My husband's story needs to be told. something's not right in the Dominican Republic".

The FBI is investigating the three most recent deaths.

According to Dominican officials, the cause of death was excess fluid in the lungs.

On Monday, travel expert Mark Murphy appeared on Fox News to discuss the latest incidents and provide some perspective for American travelers ahead of summer vacation. Dominican authorities also ruled his death was due to pulmonary edema and a heart attack.

Steven Bullock, a lawyer for Day's family, said autopsies and tests will be performed on Day and Holmes in the US.

The Bahia resorts are both run by Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, a Spanish family-owned hotel chain.

The pair told CNN on Friday they became seriously ill after noticing an overpowering "chemical smell" in their room.

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