Pa. Woman Who Died in Dominican All-Inclusive Had Heart Attack, Says Resort

The woman, identified by a relative as Miranda Schaup-Werner, a 41-year-old psychotherapist from Allentown, Pa., collapsed on May 25 after having a drink from the mini-bar at the all-inclusive Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana, her relative told Fox News.

After she and her husband checked into their room and she had a drink from the minibar, Schaup-Werner "abruptly experienced acute physical distress, and collapsed", McDonald said.

"He [Dan Werner] was understandably in shock but the whole thing was just so stunning", McDonald said.

Schaup-Werner's family said in a statement to ABC, "Was this a poisoning?"

The resort assertion sought to manage with criticism by Lawrence-Daley and her husband, Christopher, that they had to plot a complete lot of appeals to the body of workers to support them catch her when she didn't return to the room.

Officials say the couple arrived at the Bahia Principe hotel in La Romana on May 25, and planned to leave May 30, the day they were found after they failed to check out.

When Schaup-Werner's family heard about the couple's deaths, they notified the State Department of the similarities and requested an investigation, McDonald told WFMZ.

"We also want to know why her death was treated in such a cursory manner", he added.

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Reports say there were no signs of violence, and the Dominican Republic National Police confirmed an autopsy concluded that respiratory failure and pulmonary edema were the causes of death.

The Dominican Republic is the preferred destination of more than 2 million North American tourists each year. The resorts, and the adjacent Bahia Grand Principe Bouganville, where Schaup-Werner was staying, are adjacent to one another on the island's southern coast.

"They found another black couple dead in their resort in Dominican Republic.*scratches DR off my to travel list*", tweeted @IndiaAlmighty.

The causes of death for the engaged couple, Edward Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day, was determined to be respiratory failure and fluid accumulation in their lungs. The couple's bodies have been transported to the Dominican National Institute of Forensic Sciences for an exam. "The wide availability of weapons, the use and trade of illicit drugs, and a weak criminal justice system contribute to the high level of criminality on the broader scale", the State Department says.

Police said carbon monoxide poisoning may have killed them. "And even at that point it was an external swab, that was it", she said.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic are awaiting toxicology reports in connection with the mysterious deaths of a Maryland couple found inside their resort hotel room Thursday with prescription pill bottles nearby.

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