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Laela

Sidestepping the "lynch mob"
I think the U.S. should fly family members to the resorts when "mysterious deaths" occur so they can bring the bodies back themselves. I know there's a lot of red tape involved, but this is something that should be looked in to. The son had been told he couldn't get a toxicology report because the machine was " broken" .. The FBI needs to deep-dive, stat! How are people still dying while the FBI is investigating??
 

TrulyBlessed

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Another one... why her son have to get her ashes back???


NY woman, 53, died on vacation in Dominican Republic; son demands answers
By Frank Miles | Fox News



A New York woman, 53, is the latest American tourist to die in the Dominican Republic, long one of the top Caribbean destinations for U.S. travelers.

Leyla Cox of New Brighton went on vacation June 5 and was expected to return on June 12, as The Staten Island Advance reported.


Cox, who had traveled alone before, was found dead of a heart attack in her hotel room, according to the news outlet.


Leyla Cox went on vacation June 5 and was expected to return on June 12. (Facebook)

“We can confirm the death of U.S. citizen Leyla Cox in the Dominican Republic on June 11. Out of respect for family members and loved ones we cannot comment further,” a State Department official confirmed to Fox News.

COLORADO COUPLE FILES SUIT ALLEGING CHEMICALS AT DOMINICAN REPUBLIC RESORT MADE THEM CRITICALLY ILL

So far, at least six American tourists have died under oddly similar circumstances -- four this year, two last year -- in the Dominican Republic, a rash of deaths of seemingly healthy people.

“I am overwhelmed and confused and in shock,” William, 25, her only child, said. “With everything going on in the news right now, we think she’s a casualty of what’s been happening."

His mom’s coworker posted a tribute on Facebook.


Peggy McGinley Reilly wrote: “She turned 53 on Saturday. I want the world to know, that another US Citizen passed away in this vacation destination, that as far as I know is not being held accountable for the past transgressions. Hopefully this will be investigated.”

On Wednesday, Dominican tourism officials said they wanted to reassure U.S. tourists that U.S. federal agents and health specialists have been taking an active role investigating the deaths.

The Tourism Ministry said it wanted to “extend its sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those affected in the tragic events that have been reported over the last few weeks in the country.”

The FBI was conducting deeper analyses of toxicological results, warning that conclusions may take up to a month and urging “patience during this process.”

Leyla’s son said his family didn’t have the money to figure out any mysteries over his mother’s death.

“They’ve put me against a wall where I don’t have a choice,” he said. “Our own toxicology report would cost copious amounts of money.”

He added, “I have to get her ashes back.”


The ashes part concerns me as well...

First let me say that I hate this is happening at all to anyone of any race but I’m glad that the victims are not limited to black people. When white bodies are involved things seem be taken more seriously and acted upon quicker. Had this been limited to only black victims who knows how long it would’ve taken to get the FBI and other U.S. federal agents involved.
 

SoniT

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I saw that the latest woman who died was staying at Excellence resort. The others were at Bahia Principe and Hard Rock. The Shark Tank lady clarified the news reports about her brother. She said that her brother was not staying at a hotel and had an existing condition. She said that the news reports are lumping his death together with the others. I think at this point any time someone dies in D.R., there's going to be a news story about it. A woman was swept away by a rip current and there was a news story about "another death in Dominican Republic." I hope that the FBI releases their findings so we can know what's going on.
 

BrownSkin2

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I went to the Dominican Republic in 2014 and stayed at the Bahia Principle Resort in Punta Cuna. It was an all-inclusive deal and had a fabulous time.

I will not be going back any time soon! This is all so sad and suspicious.

There was also reports that the Dominican Republic charge alot of money to ship dead bodies back. It was insinuated that's a business.
 

cinnespice

Hello is me your looking for?
I went to DR in 2015 and never planned on going back.
Nothing bad happened but the way they treat Haitians does not sit right me at all.
I have quite a few friends that are Dominican so I'm not going to say I don't like them but after going there and reading up on the past it's too much.
For some reason when I went there I barely ate. I lived on bottled water, bread, cheese and maybe some fruit. Like to the point my friends kept asking if I was OK. My stomach just wouldn't let me for some reason I had a taste for nothing. I barely drank alcohol.
At the end of it 2 out of the 4 of us had tummy issues.

I will be on a cruise in August and my family choose a port in DR. I have already told my family like if your going on excursion that is up to you but I'm good.
My sister and I have decided not go pass the cruise port. We may walk around a bit in and comeback. We may just enjoy the boat all day.

Too much suspicious stuff in a short period of time has gone down, but then again they hide stuff too.
 

SoniT

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For some reason when I went there I barely ate. I lived on bottled water, bread, cheese and maybe some fruit. Like to the point my friends kept asking if I was OK. My stomach just wouldn't let me for some reason I had a taste for nothing. I barely drank alcohol.
At the end of it 2 out of the 4 of us had tummy issues.
I was also cautious about what I ate. I can't put my finger on it but the food tasted different. Even something like steak and a baked potato tasted different than it does at home. For breakfast, I only ate croissants or other types of bread. The bacon tasted different than what I'm used to. I brought coffee creamer from home and used it for my coffee. It's hard to explain about the food but there's something different about it that I've never experienced in other locations. The presentation is absolutely beautiful but it doesn't taste quite right. I wonder if that's why so many people have stomach issues when they visit. I think my favorite a la carte restaurant was the Hibachi and the rest were hit or miss.
 

Kiowa

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Just left, and headed to Europe..Europe has a bad problem with fake alcohol too....I won't be drinking anything though, as I developed some kind of ear situation, and have lost my hearing in one ear, and hearing in other one is going down hill.:cry3:
I wouldn't even be able to hear anyone sneaking up on me...
 

SoniT

Well-Known Member
I think there is more than one issue with more than one cause, and now it all coming to light all at once.
I agree. The media is reporting on every tragic story that comes out of the Dominican Republic right now involving tourists - either sickness or death. The strangest one was the couple who were found dead in their room. That was very odd. Its possible that there could be different causes for each of the 7 or 8 deaths - pesticides, tainted alcohol, plain old natural causes, or something else.
 

douglala

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I was also cautious about what I ate. I can't put my finger on it but the food tasted different. Even something like steak and a baked potato tasted different than it does at home. For breakfast, I only ate croissants or other types of bread. The bacon tasted different than what I'm used to. I brought coffee creamer from home and used it for my coffee. It's hard to explain about the food but there's something different about it that I've never experienced in other locations. The presentation is absolutely beautiful but it doesn't taste quite right. I wonder if that's why so many people have stomach issues when they visit. I think my favorite a la carte restaurant was the Hibachi and the rest were hit or miss.

Yup everything tasted different. Even their bottled drinks tasted way different to me. Their cokes/Pepsi in what appeared to be a sealed bottle had this extra sweetness that we don’t get here.

I stayed at the Bahia and had to dump a few drinks bc of the suspicious way the bartender made the drink.
 

Southernbella.

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June 17, 2019, 9:57 AM ET / Source: TODAY
By Scott Stump


A group of Jimmy Buffett fans say they spent their time in paradise wasting away with a mysterious illness during a trip to the Dominican Republic.

Their reports of illness come after at least six American tourists have died while vacationing in the Dominican Republic since the beginning of this year.

According to the group's travel agent, 47 of the 114 trip members came down with extreme diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness and headaches

Dana Flowers, a member of the Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association (who also serves as the group’s travel agent), tells PEOPLE that 47 of the 114 people on the the trip got sick, with many unable to leave their rooms. He said some are still not feeling “normal” two months later.

“We went [to Hotel Riu Palace Macao] for the week — some longer, some shorter,” he tells PEOPLE. “We were enjoying the beach and the pool, and about 3 or 4 days into the trip we started hearing about people getting sick. They were getting diarrhea, vomiting, dizziness, headaches.”

RELATED: Mysterious Dominican Republic Tourist Deaths: The Victims So Far

Flowers says the group initially chalked the mystery ailment up to food poisoning, but their symptoms began to worsen. Flowers, who was among those affected by the illness, claims he lost 14 pounds over the course of 19 days. “It was some of the worst sick I’ve ever been, and I don’t normally ever get sick,” he says.


Flowers claims that everyone who grew ill in his group either swam in one specific pool or drank at the swim-up bar. When members of the group sought treatment from the on-site doctor, Flowers claims, ”Most of them got an IV, then were prescribed a medicine for parasites. [They] didn’t do any testing, they just automatically gave them medicine for parasites.”
 

Peppermynt

Defying Gravity
Another person returning from DR ill:

https://www.thecut.com/2019/06/melissa-rycroft-is-sick-after-trip-to-dominican-republic.html

A Bachelor Star Is the Latest Person to Fall Ill After Visiting Dominican Republic

Former Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft is the latest person to come down with a mysterious sickness following a trip to the Dominican Republic, where a growing number of Americans have been falling suspiciously — and in some cases, deathly — ill.

On Monday, a source told “Page Six” that Rycroft has been “very sick” ever since vacationing with her family at the Nickelodeon Resort in Punta Cana earlier this month. While not many details surrounding her illness have been reported, one of Rycroft’s representatives told “Page Six” that she has had “major stomach issues since returning from the Dominican Republic.”

“She got an upset stomach on the second day of vacation, but it passed. Once they came home, she got severe cramping,” the representative said. “It has lasted for over a week, and she’s currently getting tested for possible parasites and any other infections. She’s assuming it’s something foodborne, but no one else in her family is ill.”

Rycroft also opened up about her condition on Instagram, where she’s posted two photos with captions about not feeling well. Next to a photo of herself at a doctor’s office, she wrote, “After a really rough week, I have been put on a liquid diet, and given meds for my severe cramping.”

Though Rycroft is reportedly not too concerned yet, her sickness comes at a time when a mounting number of Americans are falling ill — and in some cases, dying — during or after trips to the Dominican Republic. In the past few months, at least nine people have been found dead in their hotel rooms on the island, and countless others have come down with serious sicknesses. While an FBI investigation into the deaths is still ongoing, experts believe the symptoms are “consistent with poisoning.” (Local authorities are currently investigating whether bootleg alcohol is the source of the worrying trend.)

“It’s rare for travelers to die of unknown causes like this, and to have a high number of them in a relatively short period of time is alarming, shocking, sad,” Tom Inglesby, the director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, told the Times. “It’s something that investigators should be able to get to the bottom of.”
 

SoniT

Well-Known Member
The deaths are concerning but at this point some of the reports about people getting sick is media sensationalism (in my opinion). If someone dies, yeah that's a very big deal but I don't need to know every time someone gets diarrhea or stomach cramps on vacation. Tummy trouble in Dominican Republic is common enough that theres a website on how to avoid tummy issues.

https://www.passporthealthglobal.co...void-tummy-tangles-in-the-dominican-republic/
 

demlew

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Y'all! Another lady died on Tuesday with fluid on her lungs!
https://nypost.com/2019/06/20/bride-dies-after-return-from-dominican-republic-honeymoon/

A Louisana bride who went on her honeymoon to the Dominican Republic mysteriously died less than a week after she returned, according to a report.

Susan Simoneaux of Luling died Tuesday in a local hospital after traveling to Punta Cana, a resort town where several Americans have died and dozens more have fallen ill, news station WWL-TV reported.

“I would have never went if I would have known,” said her husband, Keith Williams. “I did not know, to be honest with you.”

Her cause of death hasn’t been determined, but the newlywed’s symptoms were strikingly similar to those of three tourists who died last month while visiting the beach oasis.

Simoneaux had fluid in her lungs when she died — as did Pennsylvania psychotherapist Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, when she fatally collapsed at the Bahía Príncipe resort in La Romana.

Schaup-Werner died from a heart attack May 25 in her room after having a drink from the minibar.

Five days later, Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were also found dead with fluid in their lungs at the same resort. The engaged Maryland couple’s cause of death was ruled respiratory failure and pulmonary edema.

Simoneaux’s family said an autopsy will be ordered, according to WWL-TV.

Friends took to social media to pay tribute to the newlywed with photos from her wedding.

“Pictures speak a 1,000 words. Look at my friends on their wedding day May 11, 2019,” Ronjae Mott wrote on Facebook. “Now her husband, Keith has to prepare for his wife funeral.”
 

TrulyBlessed

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Two more Americans reported dead after Dominican Republic vacations
By Amanda Woods
By Amanda Woods

June 21, 2019 | 10:18am

Chris Palmer and Barbara Maser-Mitchell Facebook

Two more Americans — a man from Kansas and a woman from Pennsylvania — died during vacations in the Dominican Republic, amid a recent spate of tourist deaths in the country, according to a new report.

The families of Chris Palmer — a 41-year-old Army veteran from Kansas who died on April 18, 2018, and Barbara Diane Maser-Mitchell, a 69-year-old retired nurse from Pennsylvania who died on Sept. 17, 2016 — came forward to Fox News to report their deaths.

The State Department confirmed the deaths to the network Thursday.

Both Palmer and Maser-Mitchell died of heart attacks, according to official determinations by Dominican authorities, the report said.

Palmer was staying at the Villa Cocotal Palma resort in Punta Cana, according to Fox News. He’d been working at a Mexican resort and went to the Dominican Republic in hopes of selling timeshares and teaching scuba diving there, friends and family said.


Chris with daughter Meghan PalmerFacebook
He was a salesman and scuba diving instructor who loved traveling, his daughter, Meghan Palmer, told Fox.

In reports given to Palmer’s family, obtained by the outlet, Dominican authorities said that he had pulmonary edema. But those who knew him feared that wasn’t the whole story.

“As soon as he died, I wondered if he was poisoned, if he was drugged,” Bernadette Hiller, his one-time girlfriend who remained a close friend, told the network. “He was healthy as a horse.”

At some point during his stay, Palmer told his friends he had a bad headache, Palmer told the outlet.

He was found dead in his room after aspirating his own vomit, Dominican authorities said, according to the report.

Like many others whose relatives have recently died in the country, Palmer’s loved ones said they felt pressured to get his body cremated.

“We are devastated and are seeking answers,” Hiller told Fox. “This was so sudden and unexpected. This has been a nightmare for his family.”


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Maser-Mitchell died during her stay at the Excellence resort in Punta Cana, where she celebrated her birthday with her son and his long-time companion, according to the report.

She started to feel sick on her second day there, after having cocktails, her son’s companion, Terry Mackey, told the outlet.

The next day, Maser-Mitchell wasn’t any better and decided not to join them for breakfast.

She drank in moderation — but never to excess, Mackey said.

“In the 15 years I knew her, she never suffered aftereffects,” Mackey told Fox.

The family contacted the resort doctor, who suggested the woman go to the hospital — which she at first declined, and then agreed to go. In the ambulance, she went into cardiac arrest.

“I was sitting in the ambulance with her, holding her hand the whole time,” Mackey told the outlet.


Barbara Maser-MitchellClassmates.com
The woman’s corpse was in such bad shape when it arrived in the US that relatives couldn’t view her, according to Mackey. Dominican authorities had allegedly claimed that the body had not been properly preserved.

Before the trip, Maser-Mitchell went for a medical exam, where she was given the all-clear to go on vacation, Mackey added.

Maser-Mitchell was in generally good health, and it wasn’t clear if she drank anything from the room minibar, Mackey told the network.

“She was a [licensed practical nurse], she knew the symptoms of a heart attack, she would have known,” Mackey said. “She didn’t present symptoms of a heart attack.”

Dominican authorities are expected to hold a Friday press conference in which they will detail final autopsy reports on the recent wave of deaths among US tourists in the country.

The resorts did not immediately return requests for comment.

https://nypost.com/2019/06/21/two-more-americans-reported-dead-after-dominican-republic-vacations/
 

SoniT

Well-Known Member
Wait a minute, the people in the above article died in 2016 and 2018?? It's something weird going on with the media. A lot of these articles are coming from NY Post.
 

Laela

Sidestepping the "lynch mob"
As I thought...they're gonna start digging up people who had vacationed to DR but died after returning to the U.S. I think that list will grow. If they came forward, other families likely are looking hard at their relatives' deaths in the past...

Wait a minute, the people in the above article died in 2016 and 2018?? It's something weird going on with the media. A lot of these articles are coming from NY Post.
 

lavaflow99

In search of the next vacation
As I thought...they're gonna start digging up people who had vacationed to DR but died after returning to the U.S. I think that list will grow. If they came forward, other families likely are looking hard at their relatives' deaths in the past...

And it will only sensationalize the story even more and throw the numbers off.

People die on vacation every day. Morbid but true and that is less concerning to me. :look:

I am more interested in knowing how many people died in the DR this year only and how that number compares to other years.
 

LdyKamz

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I've been following this thread and between all these deaths and the rapes that were mentioned earlier in this thread y'all done made me too afraid to go anywhere.

And it will only sensationalize the story even more and throw the numbers off.

People die on vacation every day. Morbid but true and that is less concerning to me. :look:

I am more interested in knowing how many people died in the DR this year only and how that number compares to other year
s.

If several people have been dying consistently after visiting the DR, considering we're only halfway through the year, the number of deaths this year could be comparatively lower than previous years. I do think the other deaths need to be taken into account when investigating this. However, the media needs to chill on reporting every single incident because it does nothing but incite panic especially since the authorities are still figuring out what's going on. Until then, I will keep myself away from the DR.
 
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