The relatives of Robert Bell Wallace told Fox News on Sunday they made a decision to share the story of his death at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino resort in light of the recent deaths of American tourists on the Caribbean island. 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. Wallace eventually died the next day, on April 14.
Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day, an engaged couple from Maryland, died in their rooms at the Bahia Principe La Romana resort on May 30. Within five days, three USA tourists died in their rooms at hotels owned by the Bahia Principe Hotels and Resorts group, a different hotel chain than where McCoy and her husband stayed.
"He started feeling very sick, he had blood in his urine and stool right afterward", Arnold said of her uncle, who had arrived in the country with his wife a day earlier.
Dominican authorities have said that each fatality was isolated and due to natural causes, though the victims families are having doubts, some have even hired lawyers in preparation to contest those claims, Fox News reports.
Wallace's niece, Chloe Arnold, told Fox News: "He was fine". The man chose to go to the hospital on April 13 and died the next day. Kaylynn Knull, 29, and her boyfriend Tom Schwander, 33, said they were forced to cut their trip short because they fell seriously ill during their stay at the resort. He died the next day. Sport's sister Felecia Nieves, in an interview with FOX29, said they were told Sport died from a heart attack. 'We don't want this to happen to anyone else'. Dominican Republic officials maintain the island is safe to visit, pointing to the 2 million-plus Americans who travel there every year. Harrison, McCoy, and their 12-year-old son had been staying at the same Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana that Wallace was staying at. Out of respect for the family during this hard time, we do not have additional information to provide.
Essentially, this means that the last three months have seen 60 more reported illnesses on the island than in the entire year of 2018.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and Dominican health experts were reportedly conducting tests at the resort.
Social media users have expressed concern about the deaths, which have prompted a probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and CDC.