A Pennsylvania tourist collapsed and died in the same Dominican Republic hotel where an engaged couple from Maryland was found dead five days later — and from the very same condition, according to alarming reports.
Psychotherapist Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, from Allentown, died in front of her husband in their room in the Bahía Príncipe hotel in La Romana on May 25 after having a drink from the minibar, a relative told Fox News.
Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, checked into the all-inclusive hotel the same day — and just five days later were also found dead in their room.
All three died of respiratory failure, according to Fox, which a family spokesman for Schaup-Werner called “beyond coincidence.”
“It was, at first, a little confusing that there was such a strong parallel … it immediately caused serious concern for us,” said Jay McDonald, acting as the family spokesman for Schaup-Werner’s grieving husband, Daniel Werner.
“They died five days after, and the cause was determined to be the same, this just puts this whole thing through the stratosphere — something is going on, and we want to know what it is.”
Schaup-Werner and her husband had been on the island celebrating her ninth anniversary when she suddenly collapsed after having a drink, McDonald told Fox.
Paramedics arrived and gave an epinephrine injection — usually used to treat severe allergic reactions. “At that point, they just declared her dead,” McDonald said, adding that the authorities “did a very cursory [look] into determining the cause of death.”
“Daniel and all of us are in a state of disbelief, we are shocked. She was perfectly content, everything seemed fine,” McDonald insisted.
The US State Department confirmed the three deaths.
“The U.S. Embassy is actively monitoring the investigations by Dominican authorities into these tragic deaths,” it said in a statement to Fox.
“We stand ready to provide assistance as requested.”
The deaths come after Tammy Lawrence-Daley said she was attacked by an unknown assailant wearing a resort uniform while vacationing in the country in January.
Lawrence-Daley, who suffered a broken nose, fractured hand, partial hearing loss in her left ear and had her mouth “ripped apart,” said in an interview this week that she blames herself for the attack in Punta Cana.