Leyla Cox of Staten Island, New York, traveled to the Caribbean nation to celebrate her birthday on June 5 and was supposed to return home on June 12, her son William Cox told Staten Island Advance.
At least seven people have recently died in the Dominican Republic and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is working to test blood samples of the victims to see if they can link it to counterfeit alcohol they may have consumed prior to their deaths. But he added that his family would have wished for a toxicology report to be performed as well.
On Wednesday, Dominican tourism officials said they wanted to reassure USA tourists that US federal agents and health specialists have been taking an active role investigating the deaths.
According to autopsy results released by the Attorney General of the Dominican Republic, she died of a heart attack that caused respiratory failure and fluid accumulation in her lungs.
"I have a right to be suspicious", William told the newspaper.
"I don't know where she died-I know it was in a hotel".
Despite the autopsy that ruled Cox's death a heart attack, William remains skeptical after all the recent deaths on the island.
Cox is the eleventh American to die in the past year in a spate of recent deaths.
Law enforcement says they are looking for any unsafe chemicals that could have contaminated their alcoholic beverages and have the FBI's assistance with taking blood samples from the deceased back to their research center in Quantico, VA.
In a statement, the USA ambassador to the Dominican Republic said, "The safety and security of US citizens that live in, work in, and visit the Dominican Republic remains our highest priority". "I have to get her ashes back".
Bahia Principe said in a statement on June 7 that reports of the deaths are inaccurate and that "false information" has been spread in the media.
Pennsylvania native Yvette Monique Sport, 51, had just arrived at the Bahia Príncipe resort in Punta Cana when she died in June 2018.
In April 2019, Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died while staying at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana.
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