Fourth tourist dies in mysterious circumstances on holiday island

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 12, 2019

View of Bavaro beach, in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on January 16, 2012.

"He was fine", niece Chloe Arnold said of her uncle, Fox News reported.

For a man who spent much of his life building Turlock apartments and condominiums through his business, Wallace Construction, the family Wallace built is intent on finding the truth.

The FBI and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that they are probing the mysterious deaths at resorts in the country. Miranda Schaup-Werner, a Pennsylvania woman, died nearly four weeks earlier, on May 25, after she had a drink from her minibar at another hotel, the Bahia Principe La Romana. Schaup-Werner also had a heart attack.

"We have so many questions", Arnold said. On April 11, he had a scotch from the minibar.

Chloe Arnold told the station that her uncle nearly immediately experienced blood in his stool and urine.

Wallace's condition worsened and he was hospitalized April 13 after being checked by a hotel doctor, Arnold said.

Wallace is the fourth American to die while visiting the Dominican Republic since the end of April. Dominican authorities have yet to give the family a cause of death, Arnold said.

"We don't want to jump to conclusions, but it seems like the embassy, sounds like now the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is involved", Tickenhoff said. 'We don't want this to happen to anyone else'. We offer our sincerest condolences to the family for their loss.

"We were having a great time ... and we ended up coming home as a broken family", she told Inside Edition.

Numerous deaths - and several other severe illnesses - involve healthy, middle-aged adults who had taken a drink from their hotel room minibar before suddenly becoming gravely sick.

On Friday, a Colorado couple told CNN they are suing the resort the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana resort, where Day and Holmes stayed, after falling ill last June. The deaths are now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Her sister, Felecia Nieves, told Fox 29 that Monique "was 51 years of age, relatively healthy, no reason for her to go on vacation and die so suddenly".

Two other deaths that have recently come to light occurred more than a year apart at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in the resort town of Punta Cana. "We reiterate our firm commitment to cooperate fully with the authorities and we expect a quick resolution of your consultations and actions, and we will not make any other statements that could interfere with them".

It wasn't clear if Holmes and Day drank from the minibar, and their deaths were attributed by officials to respiratory failure. So far, authorities have said that the deaths are unrelated.

Those three deaths made headlines and put a spotlight on what now appears to be a yearlong pattern, according to the New York Post.

This story was reported from Oakland, Calif.

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