Two more Americans — a man from Kansas and a woman from Pennsylvania — died during vacations in the Dominican Republic, amid a recent spate of tourist deaths in the country, according to a new report.
The families of Chris Palmer — a 41-year-old Army veteran from Kansas who died on April 18, 2018, and Barbara Diane Maser-Mitchell, a 69-year-old retired nurse from Pennsylvania who died on Sept. 17, 2016 — came forward to Fox News to report their deaths.
The State Department confirmed the deaths to the network Thursday.
Both Palmer and Maser-Mitchell died of heart attacks, according to official determinations by Dominican authorities, the report said.
Palmer was staying at the Villa Cocotal Palma resort in Punta Cana, according to Fox News. He’d been working at a Mexican resort and went to the Dominican Republic in hopes of selling timeshares and teaching scuba diving there, friends and family said.
He was a salesman and scuba diving instructor who loved traveling, his daughter, Meghan Palmer, told Fox.
In reports given to Palmer’s family, obtained by the outlet, Dominican authorities said that he had pulmonary edema. But those who knew him feared that wasn’t the whole story.
“As soon as he died, I wondered if he was poisoned, if he was drugged,” Bernadette Hiller, his one-time girlfriend who remained a close friend, told the network. “He was healthy as a horse.”
At some point during his stay, Palmer told his friends he had a bad headache, Palmer told the outlet.
He was found dead in his room after aspirating his own vomit, Dominican authorities said, according to the report.
Like many others whose relatives have recently died in the country, Palmer’s loved ones said they felt pressured to get his body cremated.
“We are devastated and are seeking answers,” Hiller told Fox. “This was so sudden and unexpected. This has been a nightmare for his family.”
SOURCE: Amanda Woods
New York Post