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FBI Determines Tainted Liquor Was Not Responsible For Three Dominican Republic Tourist Deaths

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FBI Determines Tainted Liquor Was Not Responsible For Three Dominican Republic Tourist Deaths

FBI Determines Tainted Liquor Was Not Responsible For Three Dominican Republic Tourist Deaths

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Bootleg alcohol was believed to be the cause of numerous tourist deaths in the Dominican Republic in May at resorts such as Grand Bahia Príncipe.

As we reported, Nathaniel Edward Holmes, 63, and his fiancée, Cynthia Day, 49, both died from respiratory failure. Their deaths were linked to numerous other similar deaths in the area believed to be from drinking poisoned alcohol.

However, US officials have concluded that Day and Holmes’ deaths, along with a third unidentified person was not linked to tainted alcohol.

“The results of the additional, extensive toxicology testing completed to date have been consistent with the findings of local authorities,” a State Department spokesperson said to The Hill. “Methanol poisoning from tainted alcohol was ruled out by the FBI in these cases during the toxicology screening, and it was not the finding in any other cases of U.S. citizen deaths investigated by Dominican authorities.”

Many of the tourists who went through a similar experience and survived, recall feeling ill after drinking from the hotel’s minibar.

Dominican police previously reported no evidence of foul play or violence and cited respiratory failure as the cause of death for the couple. The FBI concluded that it was natural causes.

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