The FBI has hit the ground in the Dominican Republic, probing the mysterious deaths of six Americans who died at three resorts on the island.
The law enforcement agency confirmed they were assisting local authorities in the probe.
In addition, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention joined other international agencies conducting tests at the properties.
“I didn’t plan on coming back a widow,” a sobbing Dawn McCoy told CBS This Morning. “I wasn’t prepared for what was coming my way.”
Her husband, David Harrison, 45, died while vacationing at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana with her and their son in July 2018. Harrison’s death certificate pegged the cause as pulmonary edema coupled with a heart attack. Unfortunately, the Maryland man was cremated when his body arrived back in the U.S.
She said she always doubted the cause of death.
“He wasn’t able to breathe. He wasn’t able to talk. He was sweating profusely,” McCoy said, adding it took a doctor 25 minutes to come to their room.
And by that point, it was too late.
Among the other deaths:
— Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, became ill after drinking an alcoholic beverage from his Hard Rock Hotel minibar in April. He died four days later.
— Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, died after consuming a drink from her minibar at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville hotel on May 25.
— Cynthia Day, 49, and Nathaniel Holmes, 63, also of Maryland, were found dead in their rooms five days later, on May 30, at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana at the same resort.
— Last year, Yvette Monique Sport, 51, of Pennsylvania, died after drinking from the minibar at the Bahia Principe in Punta Cana during a trip with her fiance.
Their deaths were all put down to heart attacks or respiratory failure.
Wallace’s niece, Chloe Arnold, told Fox News the family is baffled.
“We have so many questions,” Arnold told the network. “We don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”
U.S. State Department officials have issued a travel advisory for American tourists heading to the DR, telling vacationers to exercise “increased caution.”