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WorldFamilies of couple that died at Dominican Republic resort want independent autopsies

01:30  12 june  2019
01:30  12 june  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Maryland Couple Found Dead At Dominican Republic Resort Died Due To Respiratory Failure, Police Say

Maryland Couple Found Dead At Dominican Republic Resort Died Due To Respiratory Failure, Police Say A Prince George's County couple found dead in their room at a resort in the Dominican Republic died due to respiratory failure, the country's national police said Sunday. Dominican Today reports that the Edward Nathael Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, were found at the Bahia Principle Hotel at the resort of Playa Nueva Romana on the southeast coast. An autopsy performed on the couple showed both had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, police said. Police found several bottles of high blood pressure medications inside their room. Reports say that there is no evidence of violence in relation to their death.

Miranda Schaup-Werner, the first of three American tourists to die mysteriously within a week at a Dominican Republic resort , succumbed to a heart attack, the Authorities released details Thursday of the preliminary autopsy reports for the Pennsylvania woman as well as Maryland couple Nathaniel

Pennsylvania woman died at same dominican resort complex five days before maryland couple in similar In recent days, the family of a Pennsylvania woman who was vacationing in the Dominican Republic last year said she died in her room at the Bahia Principe

Families of couple that died at Dominican Republic resort want independent autopsies© Nathaniel Holmes/Facebook A photograph posted on 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.

The bodies of a Maryland couple found dead under mysterious circumstances in their room at a Dominican Republic resort have been returned to the United States and the families of both want independent autopsies conducted in hopes of getting to the bottom of how they perished, an attorney for the loved ones said.

The remains of Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, arrived in Maryland on Tuesday morning, Steven E. Bullock, an attorney for the couple's families told ABC News.

A Maryland couple was found dead in their Dominican Republic hotel room

A Maryland couple was found dead in their Dominican Republic hotel room An American couple visiting the Dominican Republic found dead in their hotel room died of respiratory failure, the country's national police said. A statement from the Dominican Republic National Police said that an autopsy concluded that the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs. Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, missed their scheduled check out time at the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

A Maryland couple found dead the day they were due to leave a Dominican Republic resort died of respiratory failure, the country's police reportedly Police reportedly confirmed an autopsy found the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs.

According to authorities in the Dominican Republic , a preliminary autopsy found that the couple Meanwhile, Dominican Republic 's Tourism Minister Francisco Garcia downplayed the incidents and Knull was emotional as she reflected on the people who have died at the resort and wants to know

Bullock said independent tests are expected to be run on the couple to shed new light on what killed them as they vacationed at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana Resort in San Pedro de Macoris on the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic.

“We plan to do our own toxicology and autopsy,” Bullock said.

Holmes and Day were found dead on May 30 in their room at the resort.

Autopsies performed in the Dominican Republic determined preliminary causes of death for both Holmes and Day were respiratory failure and pulmonary edema. Authorities in the Dominican Republic have yet to determine what triggered the fatal symptoms in the couple at approximately the same time and are awaiting the results of toxicology and histopathology tests.

American had died days before couple at same Dominican Republic resort, hotel says

American had died days before couple at same Dominican Republic resort, hotel says An American woman died of respiratory failure in her hotel room days before a Maryland couple was found dead of the same cause at the resort, hotel staff told ABC News.

Dominican Republic , and want to express our deepest condolences to their family and friends An autopsy found they died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, which is caused by 'This man thought he killed me': Delaware woman recounts attack at Dominican Republic resort in viral post.

In the lawsuit, the couple blames the resort for causing their June 2018 sickness. According to their suit, the couple ’s room smelled of chemicals. According to the reports of the victims’ autopsies released Thursday by the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic , she died of a heart attack

The couple died just five days after Miranda Schaupp-Werner, 41, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, was found dead at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville hotel at the same resort.

An autopsy performed on Schaupp-Werner determined that she also died from respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, according to the Dominican Republic National Police.

Day, Holmes and Schaupp-Werner were all described by their families as healthy before they traveled to the Dominican Republic.

Authorities investigating the deaths have not commented on any common possibilities that could have led to the fatalities.

Both the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana and the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville are run by Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts, which is a subsidiary of the Spanish company Grupo Pinero.

“Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts would like to express our deep respect to the authorities and the ongoing investigations,” the company said in a statement. “We reiterate our firm commitment to collaborating completely with the authorities and hope for a prompt resolution of their inquiries and actions.”

California man died in April at Dominican Republic resort after drink from hotel room minibar, family says

California man died in April at Dominican Republic resort after drink from hotel room minibar, family says A fourth U.S. tourist died after he fell critically and suddenly ill at an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic about a month before three others died in their rooms, Fox News has learned. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, became ill almost immediately after he had a scotch from the room minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana, his niece, Chloe Arnold, told Fox News on Sunday.

According to the autopsy report, the couple suffered respiratory failure and fluid accumulation in their lungs RELATED: Pennsylvania Woman Died at Same Dominican Republic Hotel 5 Days Before Engaged • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news

The couple were in the Dominican Republic to attend a wedding. Picture: Wallace familySource:Supplied. She said a hotel In recent days, the family of a Pennsylvania woman who was holidaying in the Dominican Republic last year said she died in her room at the Bahia Principe

Families of couple that died at Dominican Republic resort want independent autopsies© Nathaniel Holmes/Facebook 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.

The bodies of Holmes and Day showed no signs of violence when they were discovered, police said. Several bottles of medicine used to treat high blood pressure were found in the couple's room, according to authorities. No other drugs were found.

Schaupp-Werner died suddenly in her hotel room after having a drink from the in-room mini-bar, a family spokesperson, Jay McDonald, said in a statement to ABC News.

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McDonald said Schaupp-Werner died on the day she arrived in the Dominican Republic with her husband, Daniel Werner.

An official at the U.S. Department of State said they are "actively monitoring" the investigations into the deaths of the three Americans.

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Bodies of engaged Md. couple found dead in their hotel room in the Dominican Republic return home

Bodies of engaged Md. couple found dead in their hotel room in the Dominican Republic return home The bodies of the recently engaged couple from Prince George's County have been returned to the DMV-area, family lawyer Steven Bullock confirmed Tuesday. Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 50, of Upper Marlboro, were found dead in their hotel room at the Bahia Principe in the Dominican Republic after they failed to check out of their room on time. RELATED: They were on a blissful vacation in the Dominican Republic. Police later found them dead in their hotel Police in the Dominican Republic said an autopsy show the couple died of respiratory failure and fluid build up in their lungs.

Their families came forward after seeing how three other Americans, including an engaged couple , died suddenly last month within five days of each other at Dominican authorities have yet to give the family a cause of death, Arnold told Fox. The State Department confirmed the death of a US citizen

In the lawsuit, the couple blames the resort for causing their June 2018 sickness. According to their suit, the couple ’s room smelled of chemicals. According to the reports of the victims’ autopsies released Thursday by the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic , she died of a heart attack

"At this point, we are not aware of any connection between these incidents," the official told ABC News in a statement.

(MORE: American died days before couple at same Dominican Republic resort, hotel says)

Meanwhile, Kaylynn Knull and her boyfriend, Tom Schwander, of Colorado, said they both became ill while staying at the Grand Bahia Principe hotel in June 2018.

Knull and Schwander told ABC Denver affiliate KMGH that they woke up in the room early one morning covered in sweat. They said they were also drooling excessively and their eyes would not stop watering.

They said that prior to becoming sick, they noticed a strange smell in their room, describing it as if someone "dumped paint everywhere."

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After returning home, Knull and Schwander were examined by their doctor who told them they likely experienced poisoning from organophosphate, a form of insecticide, which Knull said she believes was being used on plants around the resort.

Knull and Schwander sued the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana after the resort refused to reveal the chemical used on its grounds or refund their money.

Resort officials did not respond to ABC News' request for comment on the couple's claims.

ABC News' Julia Jacobo contributed to this report.

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