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Another American tourist dies during Dominican Republic vacation
Preliminary autopsies released by Dominican authorities said they all had fluid in their lungs and respiratory failure. The FBI is conducting toxicology reports on those three deaths.
The series of fatalities are causing concern among Americans thinking of coming to the island. According to the State Department, 13 Americans died there all of last year and three were considered homicides.
In a statement, the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic said, "The safety and security of U.S. citizens that live in, work in, and visit the Dominican Republic remains our highest priority. These incidents are tragic and we offer our deepest condolences to those personally impacted."
A group of Jimmy Buffett diehards from Oklahoma were sick as hell in Paradise — the latest in an ever-growing list of tourists to be sickened during a jaunt to the Dominican Republic, a report said.
Dana Flowers, a travel agent who vacationed to Punta Cana with the Buffett-loving Central Oklahoma Parrothead Association, said that four days into their April trip, he and other members came down with a mysterious illness.
I have a coworker who says her husband is from the Dominican Republic and says this has been a normal thing forever and he's wondering why it has just suddenly started appearing in the news. I'm kind of lost on the situation. He makes it sound like there was more of a thing for people getting attacked walking around the poorer areas wearing jewelry and stuff that people thought they could take and sell for food for their kids. Not sure about all of these things that sound like poison in peoples' drinks.
The death of an American teacher in the Dominican Republic is being investigated as murder. Police say they found Patricia Anton in her apartment in Puerto Plata. Her hands and feet were bound. Officials say the 63 year old was strangled. Jericka Duncan reports.