U.S. Authorities Say Dominican Republic Tourist Deaths Were Of Natural Causes

Sandy Malone

The U.S. Department of State announced Friday that FBI toxicology tests indicated all three died of natural causes.

Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of State announced Friday that at least three American tourists who perished in the Dominican Republic died of natural causes.

In the announcement, they said that Dominican authorities had sought assistance with the investigation from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), ABC News reported.

*“*In this instance, the toxicology findings from the FBI were able to rule out several potential causes of death for Cynthia Day and Nathaniel Holmes, including methanol poisoning from tainted alcohol,” the State Department said in a written statement.

“The laboratory in Quantico and investigators in the Dominican Republic conducted thorough and time-consuming efforts, and none of the chemicals identified as possible toxins were found,” they said.

The deaths were the first three of 11 Americans who have died while on vacation in the Dominican Republic this year, which set off a panic about whether it was safe to visit the island and speculation about potentially tainted alcohol in hotel mini bars, ABC News reported.

The FBI became involved after it was revealed that three Americans had died in a five-day period in May.

On May 25, 41-year-old Miranda Schaup-Werner started feeling poorly and died in her hotel room two hours after she checked into the at Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville in San Pedro de Macoris, The Washington Post reported.

Schaup-Werner had a drink from her minibar before she collapsed.

A Maryland couple – 63-year-old Edward Holmes and 49-year-old Cynthia Day – checked into a sister resort, the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana, the same day that Schaup-Werner arrived and died, according to The Washington Post.

Five days later, on May 30, Holmes and Day were found dead in their hotel room at the resort adjacent to the one where Schaup-Werner died.

Autopsy results released by the Dominican government showed all three people suffered hemorrhaging, pulmonary edema, and enlarged hearts, The Washington Post reported.

Back in June, U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein said that the deaths were extremely rare on an island visited by 2.7 American annually, WUSA reported.

"Unfortunately, sometimes these things happen to people," Bernstein said.

In their announcement, the State Department said FBI toxicology tests had determined that Schaup-Werner, Holmes, and Day had all died of the same natural causes, ABC News reported.

Those results were consistent with the findings of the authorities in the Dominican Republic.

A spokesman for the Holmes and Day families said that the authorities have not contacted them, ABC News reported.

"The Day and Holmes families have not been provided with any information from the FBI or the Dominican Republic Authorities regarding the deaths," Steven Bullock said in a statement. "The only information that has been received by the families is what is being reported in the media. Our investigation is continuing, and we will not have any further comment until we receive the results of our investigation. Thank you."

The State Department said the families have, in fact, been notified of the FBI’s toxicology results and called the deaths “tragic” but “unrelated,” according to ABC News.

"Toxicology test results to date have been provided by the FBI to Dominican authorities, and family members of the deceased have been informed,” the State Department said. “The results of the additional, extensive toxicology testing completed to date have been consistent with the findings of local authorities. Our condolences and sympathy go out to the families during this difficult time.”

The State Department referred any additional questions about the deaths to authorities in the Dominican Republic, and said that the “Dominican National Police investigation has not found any indications of violence or foul play linked to these deaths.”

Holmes’ and Day’s bodies were returned to the United States for burial on the same day the announcement was made, ABC News reported.

Comments (11)
No. 1-7

Statistics say they missed something. Especially a husband and wife both dying of the same natural causes at the same time??


"natural causes" as in heart and lungs stopped functioning, naturally causing death. As to the underlying factor-the same in all cases is a good bet


"on an island visited by 2.7 American annually, WUSA reported." Is the .7 the American found hacked to death in their motel room who died of natural causes?


that's one hell of a coincidence.... 1 is an accident, 2 is a tragedy, 3 is a pattern that makes me think that someone is killing these people and has found a way to make it undetectable by the Dominican authorities.


With the almighty dollar controlling just about everything that occurs in the world today, it's not a stretch to say the US Ambassador to the Dominican Republic and State Department may be somehow involve to cover these deaths up. Were they payed off? 2.7 million tourist industry must bring in billions that the DR doesn't want to lose. Killary and Obummers State Department, "pay to play".


I do not believe that!


According to the autopsy and subsequent FBI investigations, both suffered serious chronic diseases. The couple Holmes and Cynthia Day had internal bleeding, including in their pancreases. Holmes had an enlarged heart and hepatic cirrhosis, both signs of significant pre-existing disease. Day also had fluid in her brain. The couple also had fluid in their lungs. Investigators found "several pill bottles" of three medications, including the prescription opioid oxycodone, in the couple's room.

After a massive and negative media attack during long months against tourism and image in the Dominican Republic that was badly damaged due to a lot of speculation without waiting for the investigations, which led to an 80% reduction in air ticket reservations from the US UU and hundreds of thousands of hotel reservation cancellations, the least the media can do in the United States is to ask for an excuse publicly