FBI: No foul play in Dominican Republic tourist deaths

Dominican Republic Minister of Tourism Francisco Javier García discusses the official state of his country’s tourism during a press conference, Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

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UPDATED 2:35 PM PST – Sunday, October 20, 2019

Toxicology reports from the FBI found three of the eleven people who mysteriously died at hotel resorts in the Dominican Republic passed of natural causes. The findings came in contrast to past reports, which suggested the victims died after drinking tainted liquor from the hotel mini bars.

The victims’ families have been yearning for answers. Many of the victims were thought to be healthy.

“I do not believe it was of natural causes,” Will Cox, the son of one victim. “I truly believe if she were anywhere else in the world…she’d be alive right now.”

The FBI’s new results were for 41-year-old Pennsylvania woman Miranda Schaup-Werner and a Maryland couple, 63-year-old Nathaniel Holmes and 49-year-old Cynthia Day. The three victims were found in their hotel rooms at the same Bahia Principe resort in May. Schaup-Werner and Day reportedly both had drinks from their hotel mini bars before collapsing moments later.

The State Department called the deaths tragic but unrelated, despite suspicious circumstances surrounding their deaths. Autopsies revealed that both women had fluid in their lungs and suffered from pulmonary edemas.

Other guests at the resort reported similar experiences, claiming to have also fallen ill after drinking the alcohol.

“I was cautious when I took a gulp of it — I immediately felt it burn me,” explained Awilda Montes, another guest. “When I spit it out into the bathroom sink, it was just blood.”

The FBI is reportedly still testing two additional toxins. There is no word on when results would be released for the other eight victims.