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Dominican Republic resort responds to woman’s account of vicious assault

Dominican Republic resort responds to woman’s account of vicious assault

A U.S. woman died of respiratory failure in her Dominican Republic hotel room days before another United States couple died of the same cause at the same resort, a hotel staff member told ABC News.

Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, both of Maryland, checked into the hotel on the same day as the Werner's.

Last week, a DE woman went public with the story of how she was severely injured in an attack at another Dominican Republic resort in Punta Cana six months ago.

The two families are searching for answers after the loss of their loved ones in the same resort five days apart.

But a statement from Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts says Schaup-Werner's cause of death was determined to be a heart attack by the National Institute of Forensic Sciences and the National Police Investigations Unit.

The Dominican Republic resort where a DE mother says she was viciously attacked and left for dead in January, issued a statement Wednesday saying the woman demanded $2.2 million in compensation before posting her story on Facebook.

Various medications meant to treat high blood pressure were found in the room, police said.

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There were no signs of violence, according to Dominican officials.

Holmes and Day were engaged, and were from Prince George's County, Maryland, relatives told CNN affiliate WBAL.

"I was just waiting for them to come back today, he said was gonna come see the baby today", stated Dajuan Holmes-Hamilton, Nathaniel Holmes' daughter.

The couple had posted photos of themselves on Facebook enjoying time on the beach, wading in the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean, riding all-terrain vehicles and cruising on a boat. The couple had arrived at the resort the same day Schaup died.

Speculation is surrounding a small hotel resort in the Dominican Republic after the deaths of three American tourists in less than a week.

"We are deeply saddened by the incident at one of our hotels in La Romana, Dominican Republic, and want to express our deepest condolences to their family and friends", Bahia Principe Hotels said in a statement, according to CNN. But after an attack on a DE woman inside her resort near Punta Cana in mid-April, the State Department alerted travelers to exercise "increased caution in the Dominican Republic due to crime". The department also did not state any connections between the deaths. Ravenelle was found unconscious on the side of the road and later died at a local hospital. Now, she's canceled her trip because she was shocked to hear about the recent deaths of three other Americans in the country.

The body of Moore, 40, was found at sea on March 31, authorities said.


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