Another U.S. Tourist Died Vacationing in Dominican Republic: Report

June 18, 2019
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By Scott Gelman

Another U.S. tourist has died in the Dominican Republic as questions about the cause of numerous recent deaths remain unanswered.

Joseph Allen, a 55-year-old man from New Jersey, stayed at the Terra Linda Resort last week and commented on how hot it was near the pool, CBS News reported. He showered and went to bed and was found dead the following day.

Allen was the eighth American to die on vacation in the Dominican Republic in the last year, according to CBS News.

It’s unclear whether any of the deaths, including those of a couple from Maryland, are related. The public discovery of new cases has prompted others who were previously silent to share their stories.

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed to the Drive that they are helping Dominican authorities with their investigation. 

The Drive has contacted the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic for comment.

In an email to The Drive, a U.S. State Department official said the agency is monitoring the ongoing investigations. The department said more than 2.7 million U.S. citizens visit the Dominican Republic each year and that there hasn't been an uptick in the number of deaths reported.

In a statement last week, U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Robin Bernstein called the incidents tragic.

“The safety and security of U.S. citizens that live in, work in, and visit the Dominican Republic remains our highest priority,” Bernstein said.

Dominican officials contacted the FBI for toxicology analysis on some cases.

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