As we've been reporting, the total is now up to seven Americans who have died in suspicious circumstances down in the D.R. over the past year: David Harrison, 45; Robert Bell Wallace, 67, Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41; Nathaniel Edward Holmes, 63; Cynthia Day, 49; Yvette Monique Short, 51; and Leyla Cox, 53.
On Wednesday, Dominican tourism officials said they wanted to reassure USA tourists that US federal agents and health specialists have been taking an active role investigating the deaths. "I told her I love her".
An autopsy performed on the couple showed both had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema, police said.
Cox told the New York Post that he U.S. Embassy informed him of his mother's death.
Cox's son William says no toxicology report was ordered after his mother's autopsy due to no red flags being found, SILive.com reports. "It looks to me, from what I've heard and read, is that something was added to the drinks or bottles in those little refrigerators".
Symptoms among the victims have included nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, all of which are consistent with pesticide or methanol poisoning, Lawrence Kobilinsky, a forensic science professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, told the New York Post.
He said without a toxicology report, however, it is hard to establish exactly how they died.
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"Her body is still in the Dominican Republic and I have been fighting everyday to get her home", William wrote in a GoFundMe Page he put up asking for help.
According to Univision, Robin Bernstein, the ambassador of the United States to the Dominican Republic, said last week the recent high-profile incidents were isolated cases. The results could take up to 30 days.
Four of the deaths have occurred at the same resort-Bahia Principe in Punta Cana, according to earlier reports.
The company said it was committed to "collaborating completely with the authorities and hope for a prompt resolution of their inquiries and actions".
"In the Dominican Republic, we have 14 hotels and more than 7,100 rooms, making us the largest hotel brand in total number of hotel beds in the country".