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The eerie similarities surrounding Dominican Republic tourist deaths

The eerie similarities surrounding Dominican Republic tourist deaths

A month before the mysterious recent deaths of three USA tourists in the Dominican Republic, another U.S. tourist died there in similar circumstances.

Family members of 67-year-old Robert Bell Wallace told Fox News that Wallace became ill nearly immediately after he had a scotch from the room's minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana.

Wallace is the fourth American to die while visiting the Dominican Republic since the end of April.

The deaths came as another American woman said she was brutally beaten at a Dominican resort earlier this year; as a Colorado couple said they barely survived a violent illness there last year; and as baseball legend David Ortiz was recently ambushed and shot while at a club in the country's capital, Santo Domingo. Schaup-Werner was staying at the Bahia Principe La Romana when she suffered a heart attack. They say they experienced headaches, nausea, cramping and diarrhea.

"We were having a great time ... and we ended up coming home as a broken family", she told Inside Edition. He and his wife had taken their 12-year-old son to the Dominican Republic to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

"We didn't find out until the next morning that he had passed, which is another weird thing", Tommy Tickenhoff, Wallace's son-in-law, told KTLA sister station KTXL in Sacramento on Monday. 'We don't want this to happen to anyone else'.

"We have so many questions", Arnold told Fox.

Maria Hudson said she and her boyfriend were going to Punta Cana but axed the trip after reading about the deaths.

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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana.

Awilda Montes, from New York, US, believes the 7-Up she drank at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville resort, in the Dominican Republic, contained bleach.

That connection seems like more than a coincidence to the victims' loved ones - and has led to new calls for action and even for the Federal Bureau of Investigation to step in and investigate. Both reportedly died of heart attacks.

Other hotels which guests reported having stayed at when they fell ill, include Vista Sol Punta Cana Beach, Hotel Riu Palace Punta Cana and Iberostar Bavaro in Punta Cana.

It is not clear if a second autopsy will be performed on Day and Holmes.

The New York Post reported that almost 70 tourists have reported getting violently ill while vacationing in the Dominican Republic since March, according to a commonly used website that tracks food-borne illness outbreaks.

Grand Bahia Principe La Romana is a resort known for its breath taking views.

The pair told CNN on Friday they became seriously ill after noticing an overpowering "chemical smell" in their room.


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