Officials are confirming a Lehigh County woman was found dead at a Dominican Republic resort at which a Maryland couple also died.
Allentown area resident Miranda Schaup-Werner reportedly died from the same thing a Maryland couple at the Bahia Principe Bouganville hotel on May 25th, only five days before victims Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day. She had been there with her husband to celebrate their anniversary.
Their deaths remain under investigation. All three, according to the National Institute of Forensic Scientists and National Police, died of respiratory failure and edema. The official statement says the two cases aren’t linked, but that isn’t good enough for Schaup-Werner’s brother-in-law Jay McDonald.
He says Miranda was smiling and taking pictures one moment, after having a drink, and then the next she fell to the ground in massive pain. He says she was healthy before her death and is demanding an investigation. Holmes and Day checked in the day of Miranda’s death and died five days later.
Bahia Principe released a statement yesterday stating the U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic has announced the deaths should be considered isolated cases.