Bootleg Liquor Could Be Possible Cause Of Dominican Republic Tourist Deaths

Clay Curtis
June 16, 2019

A NY man had died while under the knife for liposuction by a doctor in the Dominican Republic who has had at least three other patients die while in surgery.

Leyla Cox of Staten Island, New York, traveled to the Caribbean nation to celebrate her birthday on June 5 and was supposed to return home on June 12, her son William Cox told Staten Island Advance.

"He went to the Dominican Republic health and he just never came back", she said.

Following her death, an autopsy was performed and William was told no toxicology report could be ordered because her autopsy showed "no red flags", Williams told and CBS New York. He said U.S. Embassy officials in Santo Domingo are talking to the authorities on his behalf and are relaying information to him on a daily basis.

According to the Advance, he intends to have her cremated in the Dominican Republic-as per her wishes-and have her ashes returned to the United States. Once her family picks up her ashes, they plan to carry out her final wish, which was to have the ashes spread over the Florida Keys.

William said he can not afford to bring his mother's body back to the perform an autopsy and toxicology report. Authorities have listed heart attacks as a cause of death for several of the recent deaths.

Storm chance tonight, mainly dry for Father's Day
As a cold front drops southward through the region during the late morning / afternoon period, a few showers will be possible. Saturday: Partly cloudy with a better chance of showers and thunderstorms developing, highs topping out in the middle 80s.

Symptoms among the victims have included nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, all of which are consistent with pesticide or methanol poisoning, Lawrence Kobilinsky, a forensic science professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, told the New York Post. She died a short time later.

He said he does not know whether his mother had a drink from the minibar or in another part of the resort, reported Fox News.

"Her body is still in the Dominican Republic and I have been fighting everyday to get her home", William wrote in a GoFundMe Page he put up asking for help.

"We can confirm the death of USA citizen Leyla Cox in the Dominican Republic on June 11".

Local police in the Dominican Republic, as well as FBI investigators from America, are now looking into alcohol suppliers and manufacturers that produce spirits for The Hard Rock Hotel and the Grand Bahia Principe resort, both near the Dominican city of Punta Cana. "Unfortunately sometimes those things happen to people".

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