Robert Bell Wallace dead: A fourth American has died in recent months while staying at the Dominican Republic – raising concerns is it safe to travel there?
Travelers concerns making their way to the Dominican Republic have ratcheted up following the announcement of a fourth American having died while staying at resort on the
presumably idyllic tourist getaway.
Reports have told of Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California dying during a recent stay in April, a month before three other cases were widely documented.
FoxNews reported Wallace staying at an all inclusive resort becoming ill almost immediately after drinking a scotch from the room minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana. According to the man’s niece, Chloe Arnold, Wallace had traveled to the Dominican Republic to attend his stepson’s wedding.
Arnold said her uncle, an avid traveler, had been in relatively good health and just the month before had been skiing in Lake Tahoe.
Arnold said the family has been particularly concerned after having recently learned of the other seemingly mysterious deaths in the Dominican Republic. Miranda Schaup-Werner, a Pennsylvania woman, died almost four weeks later, on May 25, after she had a drink from her minibar at another hotel, the Bahia Principe La Romana.
‘He was fine,’ Arnold said of her uncle via foxnews.
The niece described her uncle owning a construction business
‘He and his wife arrived there at around midnight on April 10. On April 11 he had scotch from the minibar. He started feeling very sick, he had blood in his urine and stool right afterward,’ the niece explained.
Chloe said a hotel doctor tended to her uncle, then decided on April 13 that he needed to be hospitalized. He died April 14. Of disconcert, Dominican authorities have yet to give the family a cause of death, Arnold said.
‘We have so many questions,’ the niece told the media outlet. ‘We don’t want this to happen to anyone else.’
David Harrison death similar to that of Robert Bell Wallace who all stayed at the Dominican Republic’s Hard Rock resort.
In recent days, a Maryland widow went public with concerns about the death of her husband, David Harrison, last year at the same Hard Rock resort under similar, sudden circumstances. The two had gone there with their 12-year-old son to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
‘My husband was a very fit, very healthy person when he passed away,’ Dawn McCoy told Inside Edition. She said he’d had a physical shortly before the trip and, except for high blood pressure which he kept in check with medication, everything was fine.
‘I started seeing all these other people that were dying of the same exact causes, which made me start to second guess. I no longer feel like my husband died of natural causes,’ McCoy told via WTOP. ‘We went down there as a happy family, and we came home a broken family. I came home a widow and my 12-year-old son came home fatherless.’
To date the Hard Rock in Punta Cana has declined to address media overtures regarding the deaths of Harrison and Wallace.
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On May 30, an engaged couple from Maryland, Edward Nathan Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, died in their room at the Bahia Principe La Romana. A hotel employee found them unresponsive in their room after they failed to check out.
Dominican authorities have said either preliminary or final autopsies indicated they all died of natural causes, and that they were isolated incidents, but the families said they had doubts. Some have hired lawyers and planned additional autopsies and tests in the United States.
U.S. officials have been restrained in their comments, only confirming deaths when asked. Neither the State Department, Bahia Principe, nor Dominican authorities have responded to media overtures about how many tourists from the U.S. and elsewhere have died in their rooms, or anywhere in resorts, in recent years.
Nearly half of the roughly 5 million tourists who visit the Dominican Republic each year are from the United States, statistics have shown.
Following health concerns at the Dominican Republic teams of experts and inspectors from several international agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, conducted tests Thursday at the Bahia Principe properties where U.S. tourists died. It was unclear whether they inspected other resorts.
The testing and the FBI’s involvement marked the first public indications that officials in the U.S. and the Dominican Republic have considered the possibility of something other than natural causes.
Yvette Monique Sport: Dominican Republic fatal casualty.
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 Resort in Punta Cana resort after she had a drink from the minibar. Relatives of Yvette Monique Sport, 51, told Fox 29 Philadelphia she was visiting the popular tourist spot last June, had a drink, later went to bed, and never woke up. Her death certificate said her official cause of death was a heart attack.
‘It’s a complete fabrication,’ Felecia Nieves, Sport’s sister, said, ‘that you could have as many people and they all have the same cookie-cutter outcome. It’s impossible.’
Nieves said she planned to reach out to other families and press for answers.
‘This is about justice for people that we love,’ she said. ‘We’re never going to get them back but we can give them justice.’
To date US authorities have yet to put out a warning about traveling to the Caribbean Island getaway- as tourists are now beginning tot have second thoughts about traveling to the Dominican Republic.