Dominican Republic - American tourists found dead in resorts, same cause of death, 2018/2019

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  1. mickey2942

    mickey2942 Well-Known Member

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    And so much of the crime that occurs on cruise ships is never reported, same with many accidents and illnesses. Primarily because most cruise lines have their ships registered in other countries.

    Back to Dominican Republic resorts, based on the symptoms, it seems to have been airborne, inhaled agent? Or possibly transmitted via skin contact? It almost sounds like the symptoms of some sort of insecticide or rat poison.
     


  2. swedeheart

    swedeheart Well-Known Member

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    https://nypost.com/2019/06/07/widow...2jbLUn25Uf0N5240cMe5i0fd-MRUmp_NnOAHLzYFR-ryY

    A Maryland woman said that three American tourists dying at a Dominican Republic resort has her questioning the circumstances of her husband’s death in that country.

    Dawn McCoy said she does not believe it’s a coincidence that her husband died in 2018 of pulmonary edema and a heart attack — much like the three Grand Bahía Príncipe resort guests who died within a week of each other, news station WTOP reported.


    “I started seeing all these other people that were dying of the same exact causes, which made me start to second guess,” McCoy told the news station.

    For her wedding anniversary, she visited the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana last July along with her husband, David Harrison, and son.

    She said her husband started feeling sick one night before he went to bed. He later woke up in the middle of the night covered in sweat.

    “He couldn’t sit up, and he was making noises that you couldn’t make out,” McCoy said.

    She said she tried to talk to him “but all he could do was mumble.”

    “He was struggling quite a bit to get out of bed and to talk,” she said.

    McCoy called the hotel doctor to the room but her husband didn’t survive.
     
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  3. max99

    max99 Well-Known Member

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    sounds like cyanide poisoning to me...based on other reports (ferrante/autumn Klein case) of sudden inability to breathe and pain.
     
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  4. Momof4RN

    Momof4RN Well-Known Member

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    Yes it’s getting rather confusing because people are starting to speak up and all these articles are starting to reference more than one case. But Swedeheart above just posted the case in reference to your question in my attached article above.
     
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  5. Momof4RN

    Momof4RN Well-Known Member

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    And here is where I read about the autopsy report. Sorry thought I had included it in post above.

    Dominican Republic deaths: Early autopsy results are inconclusive for 3 Americans who died at the same resort - CNN

    Dominican resort where Md. couple died issues statement | WTOP
     
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  6. Momof4RN

    Momof4RN Well-Known Member

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    Actually I think it’s this case they are referring to

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/beta.w...-case-has-holes-resort-claims/?outputType=amp

    Resort Trying to 'Manipulate' Public, Victim's Lawyer Says
     
  7. Trident

    Trident Well-Known Member

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    It sounds to me like the resort(s) are trying to c(their)a, to manipulate the conversation in their own favor. Well, they've manipulated me all right, I've been convinced I go there at my own risk and if something happens I was doing drugs, had a heart attack or was lying. If I want to be treated like that I can spend a week end in Chicago.
     
  8. ?mysterian?

    ?mysterian? Well-Known Member

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  9. Momof4RN

    Momof4RN Well-Known Member

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    I personally don’t understand the deny, cover up, blame the victims approach that is going on. I have never been to DR, no plans to go, but i’d Be more inclined to consider in the future if they would just be upfront on what has happened and correct the problem. Crimes and accidents can happen anywhere on any vacation wether in the U.S. or abroad. But IMO if you don’t admit to wrong doing and you don’t correct the problem you are asking people to take a risk to continue to visit your beautiful country. There r far too many other beautiful vacation spots for people to take that risk. The result is ultimately the exact opposite of what they r hoping to accomplish and killing their tourism industry and economy. JMO
     
  10. Momof4RN

    Momof4RN Well-Known Member

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    Umm the U.S. vacation spots are not immune to crime. VA beach and Vegas both recently had mass shootings. Both popular vacation spots. We certainly have our fare share of drinks being spiked, assaults, robberies, violence, etc. wherever u go in the U.S.
     
  11. Angleterre

    Angleterre Verified Law Enforcement England

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    Thankyou for your kind words Katt
    We never did find out but the word going around at the time was ‘rohypnol’
    It was scary and moreso because I didn’t recall anything at all from being sat at the bar to waking up the following afternoon ! Not one single memory !
     
  12. lucylulu

    lucylulu Well-Known Member

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    http://time.com/5602981/dominican-republic-resort-deaths-safety/

    snipped from article

    On Friday, a Colorado couple told CNN they are suing the resort the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana resort, where Day and Holmes stayed, after falling ill last June. Kaylynn Knull, 29, and her boyfriend Tom Schwander, 33, said they were forced to cut their trip short because they fell seriously ill during their stay at the resort. When the couple returned home, still feeling sick, a doctor told the couple they were likely exposed to organophosphates, a chemical typically found in pesticide.

    “There’s something going on,” Knull told CNN. “What happened to us may be related to what happened to them.”

    Hours after the story, Bahia Principe reiterated that they were cooperating with authorities and their investigation in a statement.

    View image on Twitter

    On May 29, Delaware resident Tammy Lawrence-Daley shared a lengthy post on Facebook where she described being assaulted at Majestic Elegance Resort in Punta Cana in January. She alleged in her post that a man dressed in a resort uniform viciously attacked her for hours. Majestic Resorts said in a statementthat authorities are still unclear on what has happened and investigations have revealed “weak points” in Daley’s “strange and unusual” case. The hotel also claims that Daley only took her story publicly after a $2.2 million settlement was denied.
     
  13. dotr

    dotr Well-Known Member

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    rbbm.
    Rohypnol: Effects, Hazards & Methods of Abuse - Drugs.com
    "The so-called “date-rape drug” was placed unknowingly in the drinks of victims, often at a bar or party (“club drug”). Due to the strong amnesia produced by the drug, victims would have limited or no memory of the assault."

    "Amnesia is an expected pharmacologic effect of benzodiazepines. Rohypnol causes partial amnesia; individuals are unable to remember certain events that they experience while under the influence of the drug. However, this effect is particularly dangerous when Rohypnol is used illicitly to aid in sexual assault. Victims may not be able to clearly recall the assault, the assailant, or the events surrounding the assault."
     
  14. Momof4RN

    Momof4RN Well-Known Member

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    JMO the focus right now on this thread should be on the resort in question and related to at least 3 deaths and possibly 1 other a year ago as well as the Colorado couple who fell ill. Not what may have happened in Punta Cana or elsewhere in the DR and completely unrelated. Otherwise it’s going to get even more confusing than it already is.
     
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  15. Momof4RN

    Momof4RN Well-Known Member

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    Any similar reports of becoming ill, etc. from non- US vacationers?
     
  18. scriabina

    scriabina Well-Known Member

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    They don't even mention the victims or take any level of responsibility or even show any sorrow for what happened. Instead it's all about feeling sorry for the resort's image and the money they might lose and threatening lawsuits:

    "We reiterate that we completely disagree with the dissemination of false information issued publicly which threatens the image and reputation of the company and the integrity and rights of our employees and their families, reserving, where necessary, the right to take the appropriate legal action."
     
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  19. Momof4RN

    Momof4RN Well-Known Member

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    This!
     
  20. human

    human Well-Known Member

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    It is scary for a business to have these issues because the employees are at risk for losing their jobs. Then there are all of the vendors and who knows what else.

    People are very poor and need the work . I imagine the profits from the resort go to some reach people that own it not living in the DR
     

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