Upper Marlboro couple died from respiratory failure in Dominican Republic

From the Dominican Today

An American couple visiting the Dominican Republic found dead in their hotel room died of respiratory failure, the country’s national police said.

A statement from the Dominican Republic National Police said that an autopsy concluded that the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs.Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 50, missed their scheduled check out time at the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana.

Hotel staff members went into their room and found the couple unresponsive Thursday, said spokesman Frank Felix Duran Mejia of the Dominican Republic National Police. There were no signs of violence in the room.

The police confirmed that various medications meant to treat high blood pressure were found in the room.


Santo Domingo, – A US tourist couple was found dead in a room at the Bahía Príncipe hotel at the resort Playa Nueva Romana, on the southeast coast.

Forensics has yet to determine the causes of deaths said the official who transferred the bodies of the victims, identified as Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 50. It emerged that the bodies show no signs of violence.

Hotel complex director Francisco Romero, told authorities that the victims had been staying at the hotel since the 25th and were to leave precisely on May 30.

In April, the State Department raised the threat level in the Dominican Republic and urged travelers to exercise increased caution because of high crime rates. Armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault are among top concerns, the State Department says.

They say resorts are typically policed better than urban areas like the capital, Santo Domingo. But Day and Holmes are not the first U.S. tourists whose trip to the island ended in tragedy.

In January, a Delaware woman says she was brutally beaten for hours at a resort in Punta Cana. In March, a New York couple was found dead in the country after failing to return home on their scheduled date.

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