Fourth American died at Dominican Republic resort, report says

Clay Curtis
June 13, 2019

Now the FBI has opened an investigation.

The American victims include Robert Wallace, who was sickened in April after drinking a scotch from a minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, according to his niece.

The family was in the Dominican Republic for Ticknoff's wedding.

Punta Cana is a town at the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic and touches the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Wallace loved to ski, according to his obituary, and he had opened a sports shop specializing in ski equipment. For most of his career, Wallace owned Wallace Construction in Turlock, and had built many apartment and condominium projects. He was also a rancher.

On May 25, Miranda Schaup-Werner also had a drink from the minibar and collapsed. "He and his wife arrived there at around midnight on April 10". On April 11 he had scotch from the minibar. "He had blood in his urine and stool right afterward". The man chose to go to the hospital on April 13 and died the next day.

Thirty members of the family took off for the Dominican Republic to be in place for Tickenoff's wedding on April 14. The official cause of death was pulmonary edema and a heart attack.

She told The Washington Post: "When all these people started passing, I stopped and thought to myself, 'How can all these people have the same cause of death as David?'" "We don't want this to happen to anyone else".

"The safety of U.S. citizens that live in, work in, and visit the Dominican Republic remains our highest priority", Robin Bernstein, the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, said in a statement.

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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".

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

Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day, an engaged couple from Maryland, died in their rooms at the Bahia Principe La Romana resort on May 30. His family says Wallace became ill after getting a drink from the hotel's minibar.

A photograph posted to Facebook on May 28, 2019, shows Americans Nathaniel Edward Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day on vacation in the Dominican Republic, before they were found dead at a hotel there in late May 2019.

David Harrison, a Maryland resident, also died previous year at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort, the New York Post reported. The autopsy cited heart attack, respiratory failure, and a fluid accumulation in her lungs as the cause of death.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have informed Dominican authorities that getting results of the toxicology analysis could take up to 30 days.

"At this time, we have no indication of any connection between those tragic losses and the cases now under investigation", Bernstein said.

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