Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Woman died days before Maryland couple at same Dominican Republic hotel

Woman died days before Maryland couple at same Dominican Republic hotel

Jay McDonald, a spokesman for the Schaup-Werner family, told The Washington Post that Dominican police also indicated that his sister-in-law died of pulmonary edema and respiratory failure.

"At one point, she was sitting there happily smiling and taking pictures and the next moment she was in acute pain and called out for Dan and she collapsed", McDonald said. "He was understandably in shock but the whole thing was just so stunning".

McDonald also explained that Schaup-Werner's family requested for her body to be sent back to the US for further investigation.

During the last week of May, a Black couple was found dead in their hotel room.

An investigation is underway in the Dominican Republic, after three U.S. citizens were found dead in a resort in the Dominican Republican city of La Romana at the end of May.

Schaup-Werner and her husband were vacationing on the island to celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary.

A State Department official said in a statement that "we are not aware of any connection between these incidents".

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Tammy Lawrence-Daley after an attack at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in January 2019. The department also did not state any connections between the deaths. The country's attorney general's office said it would offer further details in the coming days when autopsy results are available. On Sunday, the Dominican Republic National Police determined that the couple died from respiratory failure and pulmonary edema caused by excess fluid in their lungs.

She said police did find a mop handle with blood on it, but the investigation stalled, and, after failing to negotiate an out-of-court settlement with the resort she told her story publicly.

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.

The couple's time away was scheduled to come to an end on May 30, when they were set to check out and fly home, loved ones said.

Days before their deaths, Holmes posted Facebook photos of him and Day enjoying their time in open waters.

Lawrence-Daley said she was vacationing at the five-star all-inclusive resort with her husband and some friends when she left her room one evening to buy a snack and was attacked from behind and subjected to hours of beatings. Authorities say they were provided medical treatment but both of them died days later. Their bodies were transported to the Dominican National Institute of Forensic Sciences for an exam. But after an attack on a DE woman inside her Punta Cana resort in the country in mid-April, the State Department alerted travellers to exercise "increased caution in the Dominican Republic due to crime".

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