As investigators worked to determine how so many American tourists have turned up dead in recent months in the Dominican Republic, social media sleuths have been pretty consistent and adamant about what they say has caused the string of deaths and illnesses. The FBI has even joined in the investigation of the deaths that share so many similarities.
Those similarities are exactly what seems to have fueled the social media theory that the deaths in the Dominican Republic were the work of a serial killer. And while that theory has not been confirmed, nor even addressed, by officials, the fact that the six people who died each drank from their resort’s hotel room minibar before dying was hard to ignore.
Dozens of other American tourists across the island nation who survived their trips to the popular vacation destination also complained of severe sicknesses. Could someone be intentionally poisoning the contents of hotel room minibars? While the supposition seemed far-fetched, it could not be ruled out as investigators kept searching for answers.
One of the scenes of the potential crimes has been at the Grand Bahia Principe in La Romana, where at least three of the deaths took place. One traveler to the hotel resort in October told the New York Post she suspected that something evil was at play.
“I’ve heard all these different theories and the most that make sense to me would be a disgruntled employee or a serial killer,” Awilda Montes, who “began vomiting blood after drinking soda from her minibar” at the same hotel, said recently. “I’m doing preparations for my daughter’s baby shower and yesterday she turned to me and said, ‘Just to think you could be gone, you could have missed all of this.’”
To be sure, aside from the eerie pattern, there have been no other indications that there was a serial killer on the loose in the Dominican Republic and officials have refrained from suggesting as much.
There has also not been a travel ban announced by the State Department, something that would be sure to be in place should it be determined that suspicions of a serial killer had any credence. The New York Post reported that nearly 70 tourists in the Dominican Republic said they got violently sick on their trips since March. There were only 10 for all of 2018.
While the American embassy in the Dominican Republic asked “everyone to be patient while these investigations run their course,” the families of Edward Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day, a Black couple engaged to be married who were found dead in their Grand Bahia Principe hotel room late last month, plan to have their own toxicology tests and autopsies conducted independently of Dominican authorities.
Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts consequently went on damage control and issued a brief statement denying any culpability and making reference to “false statements” associated with what it called “two unfortunate events.” The statement also threatened legal action, though it was not clear who or what could be targeted with a lawsuit.
A Complete, Recent Timeline Of Disaster For Americans Visiting The Dominican Republic
1. June 2018
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@MaureenUmehFox5 Good Morning, I just heard your news segment on the CA man that also died in the DR. There was another under the same circumstances last June. Check out 51-year-old Yvette Monique Sport of PA, at the Bahia Principe hotel in Punta Cana, DR. 😞— Lisette B. (@MissL_Thang) June 10, 2019
2. March 26, 2019
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New Yorkers Portia Ravenelle and Orlando Moore went on vacation at the Grand Bahia Principe in the Dominican Republic. U.S. Customs say the couple never boarded flight back to Newark on March 26. Their rental car was never returned and their cell phones go straight to voicemail. pic.twitter.com/OULE45WBws— Paul Sacca (@Paul_Sacca) April 8, 2019
3. May 25, 2019
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BREAKING: The brother in law of 41 y/o Miranda Schaup-Werner says she died 5 days before Nathaniel Holmes & Cynthia Day died at the SAME Dominican Republic resort, Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romona. He claims Schaup-Werner had a drink in the room’s mini bar. #MirandaSchaupWerner— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) June 4, 2019
4. May 29, 2019
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Tammy Lawrence-Daley suffered a broken nose, fractured eye socket, nerve damage throughout her head and her entire mouth had to be sewn back together. https://t.co/Duo2sn6boE— News 8 WROC (@News_8) June 6, 2019
5. May 30, 2019
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Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were found in a room at the Playa Nueva Romana in the Dominican Republic https://t.co/8X4OoLd8z6— FOX Baltimore (@FOXBaltimore) June 1, 2019
6. June 5, 2019
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#USA Kaylynn Knull and Tom Schwander of Colorado shared an image from their trip to the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana in a post on Instagram on Wednesday, imploring vacationers to be careful as they travel. pic.twitter.com/vJnY7mYHTK— CaribbeanNewsNetwork (@caribbeannewsuk) June 6, 2019
7. June 7, 2019
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Susie Lauterborn and her husband, Doug Hand, took a trip to the Grand Bahia Principe in January 2018.— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 7, 2019
Within a day of arriving, she said she began experiencing severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, body aches, fatigue, chills, and cold sweats https://t.co/CpTMsqZlZz pic.twitter.com/ZzU3jtLBBC
8. June 7, 2019
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In regards to the information that has been spread by various media outlets and social media, we would like to express: https://t.co/fT2Qj8jR7K— bahiaprincipe (@BahiaPrincipe) June 7, 2019
En respuesta a las informaciones que están siendo publicadas por diversos medios de comunicación y redes sociales, manifestamos: pic.twitter.com/BjjJd9mJdd
9. June 9, 2019
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Six years ago, David Ortiz's spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing. Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own. Get well soon, Papi. pic.twitter.com/9orpBgnVI5— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 10, 2019
10. April 14, 2019
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JUST IN: US State Dept confirms a 4th American tourist death in the Dominican Republic.— KRON4 News (@kron4news) June 10, 2019
He has been identified as Robert Bell Wallace, a native of the Bay Area https://t.co/b4FVoGiGoD pic.twitter.com/EDtuPxad2V
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13. June 17, 2019
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It was really heartbreaking speaking to the family of Joseph Allen just a day after he was found dead. The 8th confirmed American tourist death in the Dominican Republic in the last year. Here's what Joseph's sister Jamie had to say: https://t.co/X5irvKaFzB— Stephanie Wash (@WashNews) June 17, 2019
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