Concern grows over events that have occurred in recent weeks related to the death or attacks against North American tourists in the Dominican Republic.
A week ago, the brutal attack allegedly suffered by a Delaware woman at the hands of strangers at a Punta Cana resort was unveiled. And now it has been revealed that five days before a Maryland couple was found dead in His hotel in La Romana, another tourist from Pennsylvania died in the same hotel after having a drink.
On May 25, Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, from Allentown, checked in with her family at the Hotel Bahía Príncipe de la Romana. Shortly after check-in, the woman collapsed and died after taking a drink from the minibar, Jay McDonald, a family spokesman, told CNN.
"At one point she was sitting there with her family smiling and taking pictures of herself and the next she was in severe pain and called [her husband] Dan and he collapsed," McDonald explained. "Logically he was in shock, but everything in itself was impressive."
Incredibly, Schaup-Werner checked into the hotel on the same day that Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, checked-in. The couple was found dead 5 days later inside their room. At the time of the discovery, it was said that both had suffered respiratory failure and that there was medication for high blood pressure in their hotel.
Now the families of the three North American tourists who died at the Bahía Príncipe Hotel are looking for answers to determine what happened.
When Schaup-Werner's family learned of the death of the Maryland-resident couple, they decided to notify the State Department of the similarities between the two deaths and asked that an investigation be opened.
"We offer our sincerest condolences to the families for the loss," he said in a statement released by the hotel.
For its part, the State Department confirmed the deaths of the three North American citizens to CNN.
According to her relatives, the woman was in good health before her mysterious death. "We thought it was a rare event, now we don't know," McDonald said.