Dominican Republic Hotel: Woman Died Days Before Maryland Couple

Five days before an engaged Maryland couple was found dead in their Dominican Republic hotel room, a Pennsylvania woman mysteriously died in the same resort.

On May 25, Miranda Schaup-Werner drank a bottle of alcohol from the mini bar inside her Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana suite before collapsing in pain.

Her husband, Daniel Werner, did his best to resuscitate her and quickly called for medical help, but Schaup-Werner, 41, was pronounced dead soon after. The couple was celebrating their ninth wedding anniversary at the time.

Though Schaup-Werner’s family initially regarded the death as a mysterious, horrific tragedy, the deaths of the Maryland couple have made them suspicious.

“Daniel and all of us are in a state of disbelief, we are shocked. She was perfectly content, everything seemed fine,” Jay McDonald, Daniel’s brother-in-law, told Fox News. “It was, at first, a little confusing that there was such a strong parallel… it immediately caused serious concern for us.”

As readers know, Edward Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day, were enjoying a romantic vacation in the Caribbean island when, on the day of their checkout from the resort, they went missing. A member of the hotel staff went to check on them in their room and found them both unconscious.Police said there were no signs of violence.

Bizarrely, all three Americans died from the same cause: respiratory failure and pulmonary edema.

“That was beyond coincidence,” McDonald said. “They died five days after, and the cause was determined to be the same, this just puts this whole thing through the stratosphere — something is going on, and we want to know what it is.”

The U.S. Embassy is working closely with Dominican Republic authorities to investigate the deaths.

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