Sturdivant said the cost to transport the remains from the Dominican Republic to the USA could be tens of thousands of dollars.
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Awilda Montes, a NY resident, said that she was on vacation at the same hotel when she went to the minibar and grabbed a 7UP bottle.
At least eight Americans have died in their rooms at resorts in the Dominican Republic under somewhat mysterious circumstances since the start of the year, according to news reports. When hotel staff checked his room, they found him dead.
The 55-year-old was found dead in his room on Thursday (June 13) at the Terra Linda Resort in Sousa.
A few days after their arrival, the retiree from OH who had recently moved to Florida, died.
"I mean, I do not know what happened to my mom, and that's still the biggest thing plaguing my mind right now", said Will Cox, who is grieving the loss of his mother, Leyla - the 8th victim to die in the Dominican Republic over the past year. As Business Insider reports, the same causes of death were cited by Dominican officials for three deaths last month: "Edward Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Day, of Maryland, and Miranda Schaup-Werner, of Pennsylvania, all of whom stayed at the Bahia Principe hotel at the Playa Nueva Romana resort in La Romana, about 50 miles west of Punta Cana, in May".More news: Hundreds of thousands gather in downtown Toronto for Raptors parade, rally
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Flowers, a local travel agent and member of the association for Jimmy Buffet enthusiasts, said they had quite a large group from the OKC and Tulsa metro areas as well as across the U.S.
"That's going to be your toughest bet; you're not dealing with the people who provide the actual service", he says.
July 2018: David Harrison, 45, dies while on vacation at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana to celebrate his wedding anniversary. "We didn't think anything of it, because he does this all the time", she said.
A recent trip to the Dominican Republic made by a group of Parrotheads, though, did not go as planned, as People reported that 47 of the total 114 fans on the trip together came down with a scary and violent illness while on the vacation together. "Heart attack" was listed as the cause of death. "These are isolated incidents and the Dominican Republic is a safe destination". A family spokesman told news outlets that she collapsed after getting a drink from the minibar.
Autopsies for some of the victims have indicated heart attacks and pulmonary edema, or fluid build-up in the lungs.
Still, Cox is afraid he's "never going to find answers".
According to Rycroft's rep, she has experienced "major stomach issues" since returning from the trip.
On Tuesday, June 18, Hard Rock officials had this to say in a statement that was obtained by Los Angeles magazine.