Summer of 2019: The Chilling Saga of death of American tourists in Dominican Republic

There have been a number of high-profile cases of American tourists mysteriously dying in the Dominican Republic in recent years
There have been a number of high-profile cases of American tourists mysteriously dying in the Dominican Republic in recent years

There have been a number of high-profile cases of American tourists dying in the Dominican Republic in recent years, leading to concerns about the safety of the country for tourists. 

As per State Department, in 2019, at least 10 American tourists died in the Dominican Republic under mysterious circumstances.

The causes of death were not determined in all cases, but some were suspected of being associated with being caused by food poisoning, alcohol poisoning, and respiratory illnesses.

In 2019, the cases of American tourists upsurge in the Dominican Republic, forcing Delta Airlines to issue its travellers a chance to cancel tickets. 

The Dominican Republic is one of the most famous tourist destinations among Americans, and the surprising deaths have certainly raised major concerns. 

In June 2019, three Americans were found dead in their resort. The deaths occurred at two sister resorts in just five days. 

In most of these cases, officials found no signs of violence but rather some sudden medical ailments which they never complained of while being in their home country. 

Notably, in 2017 more than 2.7 million Americans visited the Dominican Republic, making it the most popular destination.

The Summer of 2019 

Miranda Schaup-Werner

A tourist from Pennsylvania, Werner died just shortly after she checked in her room at the Bahia Principe resort in La Romana.

She was in the Dominican Republic to celebrate her anniversary and died shortly after taking a drink from the minibar. Authorities said she had a heart attack, respiratory failure and pulmonary oedema.

Cynthia Day & Nathaniel Holmes

The bodies of Cynthia Day, 50, and her fiancé Nathaniel Holmes, 63, were found in their hotel room at the Bahia Principe hotel in Playa Nueva Romana, Dominican Republic.

Cynthia Day, 50, and her fiancé Nathaniel Holmes who died in Dominican Republic
Cynthia Day, 50, and her fiancé Nathaniel Holmes who died in Dominican Republic

They reportedly suffered respiratory failure and died on May 30, 2019. Their deaths were among a string of tourist deaths on the island in the summer of 2019 at the same hotel where Miranda Werner died. 

John Corcoran

John Corcoran, a 56-year-old pizzeria owner from Long Island, died mysteriously in the Dominican Republic on July 7, 2019. He was the tenth American to die in the country in the past year.

John Corcoran - 10th American to die in Dominican Republic in 2019
John Corcoran – 10th American to die in Dominican Republic in 2019

Corcoran was staying at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo, and his sister-in-law said he had a drink before he died. Authorities reported sudden heart failure in this case. He was the brother of “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran.

Leyla Cox 

Another tourist from New York City died on June 10, 2019, at the Excellence Resorts in Punta Cana where authorities reported she died of natural causes, while her family did not believe the reports. 

Leyla Cox 's family refused to believe that she died due to natural causes in the Dominican Republic
Leyla Cox ‘s family refused to believe that she died due to natural causes in the Dominican Republic

Her son said she would have been alive if she never went to the Dominican Republic

Robert Wallace 

A Californian was in the Dominican Republic with a dozen of other family members to be part of a wedding. Wallace also supposedly had a drink from the minibar before his death.  His fate also met a tragic end in the Caribbean vacation paradise.

Robert Wallace was in the Dominican Republic to be part of a wedding
Robert Wallace was in the Dominican Republic to be part of a friend’s wedding

Yvette Monique Sport

Sport, a tourist from Pennsylvania was in the Dominican Republic, it was her first vacation in eight years with her fiancé and a group of friends. She died in June 2018, after she also took a drink from the minibar.

It was Yvette Monique Sport’s first vacation in 8 years

Her fiance said that she had a drink, took a bath and went to sleep, she never woke up. 


 

Many people suspected that the deaths were caused by “tainted alcohol”, however, neither US nor Dominican authorities confirmed investigating this reason. 

As part of the implementation of safety measures, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino announced to remove of liquor dispensers from guest rooms. In 2019, the chain also announced to use only “American brands” at their premises. 

Matthew Bradley – A former CIA Agent said that the Dominican Republic is not an overly dangerous place. He said that he still considers it a “safe place to go”. However, the tragic deaths that happened in Summer 2019 still haunt so many American tourists, who now fear vacationing in the Dominican Republic.