Joseph Allen of Avenel, New Jersey, is confirmed to be the ninth American vacationer to die at a Dominican Republic resort below mysterious circumstances whereas visiting the Caribbean nation.
The 55-year-old was discovered lifeless in his room on Thursday (June 13) on the Terra Linda Resort in Sousa. The resort is a unique one from the place different People have not too long ago handed away.
In keeping with his household, he was celebrating a buddy’s birthday. A toxicology report hasn’t but been carried out as a result of the island’s toxicology machines have reportedly been down.
Jamie Reed, Allen’s sister, informed ABC Information that buddies who have been on vacation along with her brother stated he complained of feeling sizzling within the pool and went to take a bathe.
By night he stated he nonetheless wasn’t feeling proper. The following day, after Allen did not present up for breakfast and did not reply his door, lodge workers carried out a wellness test and found him lifeless on the ground of his room. Allen was reportedly wholesome previous to the DR go to and would go to the nation a number of instances a yr.
Final week, the FBI joined in to help in investigating the deaths within the Dominican Republic and their causes. In keeping with the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, officers within the Dominican Republic requested the FBI to help in conducting toxicology evaluation on the our bodies and the resorts run by the Bahia Principe Inns & Resorts.
Allen turns into simply the newest vacationer within the Dominican Republic to die below suspicious circumstances since 2018. Simply three days earlier, 53-year-old Leyla Cox additionally died in her lodge room on the Excellence Resorts in Punta Cana. The lodge gave the reason for dying as a coronary heart assault, reportedly citing a forensics report.
Vacationer teams are additionally reporting considerations after 5 members of an Oklahoma highschool group turned violently unwell after consuming at a Japanese restaurant final week and greater than 50 Jimmy Buffet followers have been sickened whereas on an annual journey in April of this yr.
Well being officers say coronary heart assaults are the most typical reason behind dying for People on trip. A few of the kinfolk of those that have mysteriously died nevertheless have demanded autopsies be carried out on their family members.
The household of 63-year-old Edward Nathaniel Holmes 49-year-old and Cynthia Ann Day need unbiased autopsies carried out on the couple, who Dominican authorities say died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema.
The couple died simply days after Miranda Schaupp-Werner, 41, was discovered lifeless on the Luxurious Bahia Principe Bouganville lodge on the similar resort. Schaupp-Werner’s reason behind dying was the identical as Holmes and Day.
An official on the U.S. Division of State stated they’re “actively monitoring” the investigations into the deaths of the People within the Dominican Republic. “At this level, we aren’t conscious of any connection between these incidents,” the official informed ABC Information in a press release.