Mystery surrounds deaths of 3 Americans in Dominican hotel

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Over a five-day period in May, three American tourists died in the same hotel in the Dominican Republic, all reportedly of respiratory failure and fluid accumulation in their lungs.

It is not known what brought about the fatal episodes of the victims who died in their rooms at the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana. But a relative of Miranda Schaup-Werner’s, the Pennsylvania woman who died five days before engaged couple Edward Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day were found dead, believes the deaths are no coincidence.

“They died five days after, and the cause was determined to be the same, this just puts this whole thing through the stratosphere,” Jay McDonald, who is acting as the family spokesman for his brother-in-law, Daniel Werner, Miranda’s husband, told Fox News.

“Something is going on, and we want to know what it is.”

On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department confirmed the three Americans tourists’ deaths.

“We can confirm the recent deaths of three U.S. citizens in La Romana, the Dominican Republic – Nathaniel Edward Holmes, Cynthia Ann Day, and Miranda Schaup-Werner.  We offer our sincerest condolences to the families for their loss,” a Department of State Official wrote.

“The U.S. Embassy is actively monitoring the investigations by Dominican authorities into these tragic deaths. We stand ready to provide assistance as requested,” they added.

Representatives at Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana have not responded to a request for comment.

Schaup-Werner, an Allentown, Pennsylvania psychotherapist, 41, collapsed shortly after mixing a drink from the minibar in the hotel she’d recently checked into to celebrate her 9th wedding anniversary with husband Daniel Werner.