A Maryland couple has been found dead in the Dominican Republic with several bottles of heart medication nearby, the U.S. State Department said.
Cynthia Day, 49, and Nathaniel Holmes, 63, checked in to the Bahía Príncipe Playa Nueva Romana on May 25 and were due to depart Thursday, the same day their bodies were discovered in a room reportedly with ‘no signs of violence’.
A hotel worker found them but it was not reported whether the bottles were empty.
Diario Libre reported that Dominican Republic’s National Police found in their investigation Holmes had called for a hotel doctor Thursday morning, complaining that he felt ill.
However he reportedly refused medical care when they showed up.
Cynthia Day’s sister, Sonya Jackson, told News4’s that the US Embassy had confirmed the deaths.
A cause of death has not yet been determined for Day and her fiance Holmes.
Holmes’ sister said her brother was ‘having a great time’ when she spoke to him a couple of days ago.
In Facebook images posted Tuesday Holmes said he was having fun. In a caption he declared he’d had the ‘boat ride of a lifetime!!!’
He also shared snaps of Day – who has an adult son – posing with a parrot and a monkey: ‘On the way to Saona Island with my baby.’
At one point he wrote: ‘Can somebody please loan me $250,000 bcuz I don’t want to come home!!!!!’
November 2018 picture show them at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana. In December images Holmes’ is seen visiting family members’ grave sites to tell them about his new fiancee, ‘I put a ring on it!’
His daughter, Dajuan Holmes-Hamilton, wants to know the facts.
‘It should have never happened,’ she told NBC4, adding that he was grandfather who was looking forward to visiting her daughter.
The property is located halfway between popular locations Santa Domingo, the capital, and Punta Cana.
They are the second American couple who have died in the Caribbean country since March.
Dominican Republic police said in April a combination of alcohol, speeding and dark roads may have led to the deaths of a couple from New York who stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa hotel in Samana.
Orlando Moore, 41, and Portia Ravenelle, 52, were believed by authorities to be en route to the airport to return from their vacation at the same brand property when Moore may have lost control and crashed into the Caribbean Sea.
This week Delaware woman Tammy Lawrence-Daley relived her January attack during an interview with CBS This Morning.
The 51-year-old had been on vacation with her husband at the Majestic Elegance Resort in Punta Cana when she says that she went out alone to get a snack at 10.30pm.
She claims that the man pushed her from behind and she tried to fight him off, only to lose consciousness as he beat her.
She recalls telling her husband that she would be back in five minutes but Lawrence-Daley said she ended up going missing for eight hours.
The woman claims her attacker dragged her down concrete stairs to an underground waste water area in what she says was an attempt to hide her body and mask the sound of the attack.
Lawrence-Daley said: ‘Majestic Elegance claims no responsibility for the attack since I couldn’t identify the attacker even though he was wearing a uniform with the resort logo and hit me directly in front of the unlocked maintenance room and dragged me down concrete stairs to a basement so that no one could hear or find me.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail