A New Jersey man is reportedly the latest American to die mysteriously while on vacation in the Dominican Republic.
ABC 7 reports that Joseph Allen, 55, of Avenol, was found dead in his hotel room at the Terra Linda Resort on Sosua on June 13. His family told the news station that Allen, a frequent visitor to the Dominican Republic, had been there to celebrate a friend’s birthday. The day before he was found dead, Allen reportedly said he was feeling hot while he was sitting by the pool, and went in to take a shower. He later told his friends he still wasn’t feeling well and that he would lie down for the night, his sister told the news station in a phone interview.
55 year old Joseph Allen, of New Jersey, was found dead in a Dominican Republic hotel room on June 13, according to his family members. #DominicanRepublic https://t.co/T1kjV6bUHb pic.twitter.com/ReC4MXHcJ8
— Shomari Stone (@shomaristone) June 18, 2019
The next morning, the friends asked for a wellness check when Allen didn’t answer the door to his hotel room, his sister Jamie Reed said.
“They found him on the floor,” Reed told ABC 7. “He had been there for a while. Rigor mortis had set in, and he was cold.”
Allen is at least the seventh American to die mysteriously in the Dominican Republic in the last few months; the ninth in the last year. There have been reports of additional deaths, including one that appears to have been an accidental drowning; while dozens of tourists have reportedly becoming violently ill while on vacation in the Caribbean tourist destination.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities in the United States are working with officials in the Dominican Republic to investigate the recent deaths, including two instances in which a tourist reportedly died after taking a drink from a minibar in their hotel room.
According to CBS News, authorities have not yet released Allen’s cause of death. Reed told ABC 7 that her family wants Allen’s body returned to the United States as soon as possible, but that she was told that his body would need to be embalmed following the autopsy.
“I just don’t want them to suppress anything, especially with them embalming the body,” Reed told the news station. “We want answers. We’ve reached out to everybody, including Senator (Robert) Menendez to try to get some help from anyone.”
This is a developing story. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.