CORRECTION: The deaths occurred at different Bahia Principe resorts in the same complex. The report was updated on Thursday morning to add a statement from Bahia Principe.
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- A vacationing
Pennsylvania psychotherapist died at the same hotel where two U.S. tourists
were found dead five days later, according to Dominican authorities, who said
Wednesday they are investigating the causes of the deaths.
Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, of Allentown was preparing to
dine with her husband, Dan Werner, when she began to feel ill and died May 25
at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville in La Romana. Family spokesman Jay McDonald told
WFMZ-TV in Allentown that she collapsed after getting a drink from the minibar.
"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. Werner reportedly performed CPR
but he and emergency medical responders were unable to revive her.
The Dominican Republic's prosecutor's office said forensics
experts have taken samples and are performing toxicological and other tests to
determine the cause of death.
Dominican police also are investigating the deaths of a
Maryland couple found at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana on May 30. Officials said Edward Nathaniel
Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, appeared to have suffered respiratory
failure and fluid in the lungs.
The Regional Institute of Forensic Sciences said further
tests are required to determine more about the cause of death.
Although the couple was found dead five days after the death
of Schaup-Werner, news of their deaths emerged before that of the
psychotherapist. Police said several bottles of medicines to treat high blood
pressure were found on the scene of the couple's death.
On May 27, the pair had shared photos and messages on their
Facebook accounts in which they appeared to be enjoying their vacation.
McDonald said Schaup-Werner's family heard about the deaths
of Holmes and Day, who he said checked into the hotel the same day as Werner
"The bizarre issue of the same hotel and these things
happening within days of each other and the complete unexpected nature of what
happened to Miranda ... we just want to understand this," the family's
In a statement, Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts noted that the two events occurred in two different hotels. "To date, there are no indications of any correlation between
these two unfortunate incidents. In both circumstances, established security protocols were
followed, and we have maintained open communication with the authorities to provide
information and clarification for each case."
The country's attorney general's office said it
would offer further details in the coming days when autopsy results are
In a third case in the Dominican Republic, police are
investigating an attack on a U.S. tourist in Punta Cana that the woman recently
made public on social media, detailing a vicious hours-long assault by a man
she said was wearing the uniform of an all-inclusive resort.
More than 6 million tourists visit the Dominican Republic