Two names added to list of American tourists who died in Dominican Republic; total nears a dozen: Reports

After a string of serious illnesses and deaths linked to vacations in the Dominican Republic, relatives of two other Americans have now confirmed both also died in the Caribbean nation.

According to Fox News, 41-year-old Chris Palmer died during his trip in April 2018. He was identified as a Kansas resident and veteran of the U.S. Army.

Less than two years earlier, 69-year-old Barbara Diane Maser-Mitchell reportedly died in the Dominican Republic. Sources say the retired nurse lived in Pennsylvania and became ill when she visited a resort in September 2016 and never recovered.

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Maser-Mitchell’s death is the earliest of all 11 American deaths in the Dominican Republic reported in recent weeks.

Local officials stress that the incidents appear to be unrelated and due to natural causes. A news conference scheduled for later this week is expected to provide additional details about the unsettling reports from the popular tourist destination.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the family of a woman from New York who died in Punta Cana earlier this month say Dominican reports did not accurately reflect her medical history.

“In the 25 years I’ve been alive, my mother did not have a heart attack,” said Michael Cox of his mother, 53-year-old Leyla Cox. “They’re lying. … It’s been like this from the beginning since she died. They give misinformation. They’re trying to cover up.”

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