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- A Maryland couple was found dead the day they were due to leave a Dominican Republic resort.
- Investigators couldn’t initially determine the couple’s cause of death, but reportedly concluded they had died of respiratory failure.
- The deaths come after an incident where a woman said she was assaulted by someone in a resort uniform while she was vacationing in Punta Cana.
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A Maryland couple found dead the day they were due to leave a Dominican Republic resort died of respiratory failure, the country’s police reportedly said.
Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were staying at the Bahía Príncipe hotel at the resort Playa Nueva Romana when they were found dead inside their room, regional paper local paper The Dominican Today reported.
Though officials weren’t initially able to identify the couple’s cause of death, blood pressure medication was found in the room and Dominican Republic National Police said an autopsy revealed the cause of death to be respiratory failure, according to CNN.
Police reportedly confirmed an autopsy found the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs.
The report says hotel complex director Francisco Romero confirmed the couple arrived at the hotel on May 25 and were set to check out the same day they were found. Hotel staff members found the couple in their room, but no signs of violence.
Relatives told Dominican Today Holmes and Day were engaged. Holmes’ sister told NBC Washington that she had spoken to her brother a few days before they were found, and he said he was “having a great time.”
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Dajuan Holmes-Hamilton, Holmes’ daughter, told the outlet before the announcement she wants justice for the couple.
“It should have never happened,” she said.
The couple’s death comes after Delaware woman Tammy Lawrence-Daley said she was attacked by an individual in a resort uniform while on a January vacation in Punta Cana – another city in the Dominican Republic.
In March, a New York couple was found dead in the country after failing to return home on their scheduled date.
The State Department announced in April it was raising the threat level of travel to the Dominican Republic and urged travelers to exercise increased caution because of high crime rates including armed robbery, homicide, and sexual assault, according to the department.