Dominican Republic officials address deaths of United States tourists



After learning of a rash of unusual deaths in the Dominican Republic, a Maryland woman named Dawn McCoy claims her husband also passed away in the Carribbean nation under similar circumstances almost one year ago. She's telling PIX11 she strongly believes she was poisoned by something she drank from the mini-bar.

"My tongue was bleeding and my mucous was all blood", Montes said.

Tammy Lawrence-Daley says she was bashed at the Majestic Elegance resort in the Dominican Republic. She later collapsed, and died shortly after. "After receiving no positive response, she disclosed her version of the case, 4 months after it happened", the statement reads.

"When I took a swig of it, I kind of held it in my mouth the minute I held it, it just started burning", said Montes. A man wearing a resort uniform grabbed her, beginning a brutal eight-hour encounter that almost ended her life, she wrote. "I didn't realize this could've been done on goal, I just thought it was an accident someone mixed it up, but now i think it was done on objective". "So, it tells you that it is a coincidence, circumstantial fact that has occurred".

Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, and Edward Homes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, all died within days of each other. We've already reported that Miranda Shaup-Werner also had a drink from the room's minibar before complaining to her husband that something was wrong and then collapsing and dying immediately.

An engaged Maryland couple was found dead there five days later. It said the guests were in different hotels-Schaup-Werner at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville, Day and Holmes at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana-and that people should avoid "speculation and conjecture" about the case of the dead couple.

After turning down an offer to buy a timeshare at the resort, they returned to their room to find a strong chemical smell, as if "somebody had dumped paint everywhere", she said.

"They tried to get me to sign a disclaimer - dinner on the beach, a couples massage, or two free nights' stay - I absolutely refused to sign it", Montes said.

According to their doctor, their sickness was likely organo-phosphate poisoning - pesticides used on plants. "It makes me question at this point is this cause of death even true". Knull said she had cramps that "felt like a chainsaw going through my gut".

Montes says she's had anxiety and trouble sleeping since learning what happened to the three American tourists and is heartbroken they died.

"She was found at 6:40 in the morning at a restricted area of the hotel".

That's when Lawrence-Daley says a man wearing a resort maintenance hat and shirt strangled and beat her. Lawrence-Daley suffered a broken nose, fractured eye socket, nerve damage throughout her head and her entire mouth had to be sewn back together. Right now, she is not involved in any litigation against the resort, she says she just wants to speak out.

As for the other cases, resort management has said they followed all security protocols and are cooperating with authorities.

An autopsy concluded the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs, the Dominican Republic National Police told CNN.

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