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Crowds light fireworks, flood streets after Puerto Rico governor resigns; pols and celebs congratulate islanders

Crowds in San Juan set off fireworks and flooded the streets, cheering and waving Puerto Rican flags Wednesday, moments after learning that Gov. Ricardo Rosselló had announced plans to leave office.

Public figures, including 2020 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders and Puerto Rican-American playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, shared video of the mass celebrations that ensued after Rosselló announced via the official Fortaleza de PR Facebook page that he would resign, effective Friday, Aug. 2 at 5 p.m.

PUERTO RICO’S GOVERNOR TO RESIGN AMID PROTESTS OVER LEAKED OBSCENE ONLINE CHATS

Crowds already gathered in the streets of San Juan erupted in cheers, waved flags and began chanting a celebratory “Olé” upon hearing the news. Fox News correspondent Bryan Llenas shared video shot moments after Puerto Ricans heard Rosselló’s resignation announcement on their cell phones.

“Fireworks. Cheers. Hugs. Pots banging. Old San Juan erupts in celebration after @ricardorossello resigns on eve of Puerto Rico’s constitution day. @foxnews is here.” Llenas wrote.

A video tweeted by Nick Brown, a Reuters journalist, shows balcony shots of a euphoric crowd in the street while fireworks burst in the sky over San Juan in the background.

“BREAKING: It is official. @ricardorossello will resign effective August 2. Protesters light fireworks, erupt in euphoric cheer. Here is the moment they find out their cries, fraught as they are, have been heard. That Ricky has resigned. #rickyrenuncia #PuertoRico” Brown wrote.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Puerto Rican-American playwright famous for creating and starring in the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” retweeted Brown’s video. “Look at the fireworks,” he wrote.

Vermont Democrat Bernie Sanders also retweeted Brown’s video and wrote:  “I congratulate the millions of people in Puerto Rico who came together to demand the resignation of Governor Rosselló. When we stand together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.”

The governor’s resignation announcement came after more than a week of massive protests calling for his ouster over leaked obscene, misogynistic online chats. The leaked conversations reportedly showed the governor mocking women, homosexuals, political opponents and victims of Hurricane Maria.

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People celebrate outside the governor’s mansion La Fortaleza, after Gov. Ricardo Rossello announced that he is resigning. (AP Photo/Dennis M. Rivera Pichardo)

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Locals listen on a smartphone to the pre-recorded message by Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello announcing that he is resigning Aug. 2 after weeks of protests over leaked obscene, misogynistic online chats, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (Associated Press)

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On Monday, Rosselló told Fox News he took responsibility for allegations of corruption from his own people but said he would not resign. Over the weekend, he said he would not seek re-election.

Fox News’ Bryan Llenas, Andrew O’Reilly, Brie Stimson and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Georgia man confirmed dead in Dominican Republic only the latest case in string of American fatalities there

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The State Department on Sunday confirmed another American fatality in the Dominican Republic, a tourist who died of “respiratory illness” in March — and who is the 11th American to die in the Caribbean country this year.

Tracy Jerome Jester, Jr., a 31-year-old from Georgia, died after a day of sightseeing with his sister, his family said. It was not immediately clear what resort the Forsyth native stayed at during his trip.

“We can confirm the death of a U.S. citizen in the Dominican Republic in March 2019,” a state department spokesperson told ABC News in a statement Sunday. “We offer our sincerest condolences to the family for their loss. Out of respect for the family during this difficult time, we do not have additional information to provide.”

Jester’s relatives say they still have unanswered questions about the 31-year-old’s death.

“They had a good day. Saturday, they went out, they explored. They said they had a good day,” Jester’s mother, Melody Moore, told WSB-TV.

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Moore said she talked to her son after the day trip and he seemed alright, but around 3:30 a.m. the next day, Jester’s sister called Moore “and she told me he was calling her saying he couldn’t breathe, just saying, ‘Mama I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”

Jester’s sister called emergency services but it was too late, Moore said. Jester reportedly suffered from Lupus, but it was unclear if that had any connection to his death.

“Being a mom, I want to go to where he was, where he died at last. Something is wrong, my son is gone. Something is really wrong,” Moore said.  “As a mother, you’re not there when your son takes his last breath. That hurts and I mean, you’ve got so many questions.”

Jester is the 11th American to die after traveling to the Dominican Republic in 2019 and is the 14th such person reported to have died there since June 2018.

CANADIAN WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE FELL CRITICALLY ILL ON DOMINICAN REPUBLIC VACATION SAYS DOCTOR FLAGGED POSSIBLE POISONING

In June, Francisco Javier Garcia, the country’s tourism minister, castigated journalists for allegedly overblowing the string of deaths, and said the U.S. State Department’s figures show there hasn’t been an increase in American tourist deaths for reasons other than natural causes.

“The Dominican Republic has seen an exaggerated number of Americans in the Dominican Republic who have died,” Garcia said. “And media have taken it as an avalanche of deaths.”

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But several relatives of deceased Americans have raised doubts about the accounts Dominican authorities have given them of their relatives’ deaths, and many have also expressed exasperation with the U.S. State Department, which they say has played too passive a role in investigating.

The FBI has said they were testing alcohol from at least one mini-bar in at least one of the rooms at the Bahia Principe resort, where a number of guests died.

Fox News’ Lucia I. Suarez Sang and Mary Schlageter contributed to this report.

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Dominican tourism official vows ‘disciplinary action’ if U.S. tourist death probe finds negligence

The Dominican Republic’s tourism minister said on Friday that if the investigation into the rash of deaths of U.S. tourists finds wrongdoing or negligence, those responsible will face “disciplinary measures to fit their actions.”

In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Tourism Minister Francisco Javier Garcia expressed confidence that the deaths were all rooted in natural causes and insisted that it is safe to vacation there.

“We wish these things didn’t happen,” he said. “But unfortunately, they do. … That’s why we’re interested in knowing what happened to them.”

Garcia stressed that autopsy reports that were done following the deaths of most of the tourists showed that there was nothing nefarious, and acknowledged the toxicological tests the FBI is conducting in its research center in Quantico, Va., in the deaths of three Americans who died in their rooms at Bahia Principe resorts.

“If there’s something that went wrong, we will take the disciplinary measures that are warranted,” Garcia said. “We will make whatever decision we must make if there’s been negligence of any kind. We will act.”

Earlier in the day, Garcia held a press conference to make the case that the popular Caribbean vacation spot is safe and that it did not deserve the negative attention triggered by worldwide headlines about the rash of U.S. tourist deaths. The Dominican Republic has signed a $35,000 monthly contract with the New York-based Rubenstein public relations powerhouse to fight the negative publicity.

As Dominican officials tried to quell rising concerns among would-be travelers worldwide about safety there, the State Department on Friday confirmed to Fox News the June 17 death of a New York business owner, Vittorio Caruso, 56, who died after becoming critically ill at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo.

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Vittorio Caruso, 56, of Glen Cove, N.Y. (Courtesy of Lisa Caruso)

Caruso’s death is the third in a seven-day span in June, and he’s the 11th American tourist to die in the Dominican Republic since last year. The case of another tourist, a woman from Pennsylvania who died in 2016 under similar circumstances, was made public by her family this past week after they read about the others and detected common threads.

The two other U.S. tourists who died this month are Leyla Cox, a 53-year-old hospital MRI technician from New York who was found dead in her hotel room on June 10, and Joseph Allen, 55, from New Jersey, who died in his room on June 13.

Caruso’s sister-in-law, Lisa Maria Caruso, told Fox News that Vittorio was in good health and had owned and operated a pizzeria in New York with his brother until a month ago. She said that he’d traveled alone to the Dominican Republic.

DAUGHTER OF ARMY VET WHO DIED AT DOMINICAN RESORT: FUNERAL HOME ‘PRESSURED’ ME TO MAKE A DECISION ABOUT MY FATHER’S REMAINS

“We found out he was brought by ambulance to the hospital in respiratory distress after drinking something,” Caruso said. “We were told he wasn’t responding to any meds he was given and died. I honestly don’t know exactly what happened, as we have been told conflicting stories from different people there.”

“It is very hard to get a straight story from anyone there,” she said, adding that relatives are awaiting the autopsy report. “They even wanted to cremate the body. We insisted on having the body sent back here.”

“This was a complete shock to us, as Vittorio was not a sick person,” Caruso said. “He was expected to return home on June 27.”

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Chris Palmer with granddaughter Ruby (Courtesy of Bernadette Hiller)

On Thursday, Garcia told Fox News that the Tourism Ministry has tested the alcohol, food, water, kitchens and other areas of the resorts where U.S. tourists have died. He said the results of those tests could be known as soon as Monday.

From the outset, Dominican officials have denounced the characterization of the deaths as mysterious or in some way linked.

“There are no mysterious deaths here,” Garcia said in the Friday interview with Fox News.”‘Mysterious’ implies that things happened that science cannot explain.”

Garcia struck a sympathetic tone when asked what he would tell the deceased tourists’ relatives, who have uniformly told stories of being given the run-around by resort workers and government officials as they’ve tried to learn more about what happened.

JUAN WILLIAMS: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HASN’T ‘BEEN TRANSPARENT OR CLEAR’ AMID RESORT DEATHS

Like Caruso, the relatives have said that the tourists, who range in age from 41 to 78, were in relatively good health and showed no signs of illness prior to traveling to the Dominican Republic. The deaths have been described as happening following a sudden and rapidly worsening onset of symptoms.

Several tourists died shortly after consuming a minibar drink.

“To the people who have lost loved ones here, we want to say that when we learned about each one, it’s been the worst news we have received,” Garcia said. “When those people come to the Dominican Republic, just like when someone goes on vacation, you go happy, your family expects to see you again. When this happens, there’s pain and a sense of tragedy. The pain and the tragedy, we feel it [too].”

But Garcia took pains to emphasize that the Dominican Republic is one of the safest vacation spots in the world.

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Will Cox and his mother, Leyla Cox (Courtesy of Will Cox)

“We’ve become the favorite destination for Americans first because of how we treat them,” he said, “second, because of the natural resources God blessed the Dominican Republic with, and third, because of the excellent hotels and resorts, of which are of a standard above that of facilities in other countries.”

Attorneys and relatives of the U.S. tourists assailed efforts by Dominican officials to depict the deaths as an unfortunate twist of fate and promote the country as a desirable vacation spot. Some are moving to have independent autopsies and toxicological tests done in the United States.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC OFFICIALS DOWNPLAY SPATE OF AMERICAN TOURIST DEATHS IN CARIBBEAN NATION

Steve Bullock, an attorney representing the families of Edward Holmes, 63, and his fiance Cynthia Day, 47, who both were found dead in their room on May 30 at the five-star Grand Bahia Principe La Romana resort, said: “That kind of reckless statement is repulsive and repugnant. We will let the facts and medical reports tell the story.”

Holmes and Day will be buried next week, Bullock said.

In an interview with Fox News host Harris Faulkner, Meghan Arnold –whose father Chris Palmer, an Army veteran, was found dead in his resort room on April 18, 2018–said that she is shocked that Dominican officials appear to resist seeing the rash of deaths of otherwise healthy people as mysterious.

“Honestly I have no words,” she said when Faulkner asked for her reaction to the tourism minister’s press conference. “I don’t understand how somebody can see –what is this, 11 deaths now? They all have somewhat of the same [offical cause of death], they’re all in the same area. He’s claiming that ‘You know, this can happen anywhere,’ and I completely agree. Heart attacks can happen anywhere. Bad things can happen anywhere. But where else are we seeing eleven cases of almost the same thing in the same area as we’re seeing in the Dominican Republic?”

“I’m just fighting to find answers,” Arnold said. “I feel for all of these other families because I know how hard this process is and I just feel that we all need to work together as a team, [let’s] come forward and report these. Tell your story and let’s work together to get it figured out…because nobody deserves this.”

Garcia said that statistically, the Dominican Republic has far fewer U.S. tourist deaths than other countries.

The US State Department website shows that between 2012 to 2018, 128 Americans died in the Dominican Republic from something other than natural causes. Dominican officials have been highlighting that statistic to argue that the country is safe, given that more than 2 million U.S. tourists visit there each year.

What is not clear, however, is how many U.S. tourists die of what Dominican authorities document as natural causes — the focus of the worldwide headlines.

When asked by Fox News on repeated occasions what the annual number of such deaths is, neither the U.S. State Department nor Dominican authorities has provided them.

Dominican authorities and U.S. intelligence and public health experts say that ultimately, the FBI report on toxicology results, as well as tests relatives are having done here, will shed critical light on what caused the spate of deaths.

Former FBI special agent Manny Gomez said on Fox News that while, as Dominican officials have stressed, people do die on vacation all over the world, the similarities of the U.S. tourists deaths seem extraordinary. In nearly every case, the cause of death was deemed to be a heart attack, and many of the tourists consumed a beverage before dying. Particularly odd was the death of Holmes and Day at the same time in their room.

“I see something that’s happening that’s very suspicious,” Gomez said. “These deaths have occurred in different resorts, it just hasn’t been one resort, it’s been at several different resorts in a short amount of time.”

Gomez theorized it could be alcohol laced with methanol, “or another poisonous substance.”

He said that would be “criminal in nature because people have been hurt and dying, there are dozens of people who’ve gotten severely ill, worse than that we don’t know how many other bad batches are out there.”

“That is why the FBI is there,” Gomez said. “The next phase in the investigation if they identify that there’s a toxic substance they have to find out where it came from and stop it, [find out] where it came from and who is responsible. The Dominican Republic needs to let the FBI do the good work that they do.”

Garcia said they requested help from the FBI because they lack the resources that the agency has in the U.S.

“We’re interested in knowing what caused” the deaths, he said.

Meanwhile, social media is filled with debates about whether there should be concern about vacationing in the Dominican Republic. Many said they were canceling reservations, but many others said they believe that the deaths were just fate and that the island is safe.

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Dominican tourism expert warns of ‘catastrophe’ if authorities stonewall in death probes

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – The picturesque, sandy beaches of the Dominican Republic have become the backdrop for a rash of deaths of U.S. tourists at luxury, all-inclusive hotels.

Nine Americans this year have died in various hotels in the Caribbean nation in oddly similar circumstances – including one couple who died together inside their hotel room. Neither the Dominican ministry of public health nor the ministry of tourism has publicly shared the final autopsy reports showing the reasons why the men and women succumbed.

The strange cases – along with the recent shooting of ex-MLB star David Ortiz – has triggered a wave of speculation and questions from the victims’ families in the United States and has prompted many to question whether the island is safe for visitors.

Government data shows that the Dominican Republic welcomed more than 6.5 million visitors from around the world in 2018. In the first two months of 2019, the country saw more than 600,000 tourists – an increase of 8 percent compared to the same time last year. Of those 600,000, 65 percent came to the Dominican from North America, mainly the U.S.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC’S HEALTH MINISTRY CALLS MYSTERIOUS DEATHS ‘FAKE NEWS’ AS OFFICIAL LASHES OUT IN INTERVIEW

An expert on Dominican tourism told Fox News Wednesday that the country should expect a temporary decline in visitors – particularly from the U.S. – this summer, which is one of the high seasons of travel.

He spoke on the condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

“I think the (downward) curve started in June and will continue in July before starting to recover again in August and September,” he said.

He warned, however, that if Dominican authorities do not determine the cause of death for the victims, and soon, it could potentially be just as damaging to the island’s tourism industry as the May 2005 disappearance of American teenager Natalie Holloway was for Aruba.

“If this is not figured out, it will be a catastrophe [for the country],” he said.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF WOMAN WHO DIED IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC CLAIM AUTHORITIES ARE LYING ABOUT PAST ‘SEVERAL HEART ATTACKS’

The 18-year-old’s disappearance triggered nonstop news coverage in American media and calls for a boycott of travel to the small Dutch-controlled Caribbean island. While the island’s tourism has recovered more than a decade later, it saw nearly a double-digit loss in U.S. visits in the 12 months after Holloway’s disappearance.

The handling of the case by Aruban officials – or mishandling as some critics described it in the months and years after – is believed to be one of the reasons why U.S. travelers decided to forego traveling to the island.

The tourism expert said he fears something similar could happen in the Dominican Republic if local officials do not publicly speak out on the cases and offer concrete details surrounding the deaths.

“It would be really bad if we end up with a 10 or 15 percent decline (in tourism),” he said, adding that not just the hotels would be affected, but other businesses and communities who benefit from them. “It’s thousands and thousands of dollars that enter these communities directly or indirectly from the tourism industry.

He added: “A fall of 10 percent of tourism is a 10 percent fall of income for these communities.”

BROTHER OF NEW JERSEY MAN WHO WAS FOUND DEAD IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC HOTEL ROOM: ‘SOMETHING IS OFF THERE’

The Dominican government, as well as the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, have emphasized over the last few weeks that the cases are isolated incidents and that the tourist destination is safe for travelers.

Gustavo Montalvo, the minister to the Dominican presidency, has reiterated the claim, saying no city in the island appeared in a recent report of the 50 most violent in the world by the Interamerican Development Bank.

“In that list of the 50 most dangerous cities in the world, there is none from the Dominican Republic,” he said during an event Wednesday hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in the Dominican Republic. “Actually, we find ourselves very far from any similar figure.”

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The ministries of public health and tourism are expected to release more information later this week, sources told Fox News.

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Brother of New Jersey man who was found dead in Dominican Republic hotel room: ‘Something is off there’

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The brother of a New Jersey man who was found dead last week in his resort hotel room in the Dominican Republic spoke out Wednesday on “Fox & Friends”, cautioning Americans to reconsider their vacation plans in the Caribbean nation.

The State Department confirmed Joseph Allen’s death to Fox News Tuesday after the 55-year-old was found unresponsive on his hotel room floor last week.

Allen, a native of Avenel in southern New Jersey, had reportedly complained about being hot at a pool and left to take a shower; he went to bed early and was found dead the next day.

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Jason Allen said his brother was not concerned about the recent deaths or the shooting of David Ortiz before he left for the Terra Linda Resort with a group of friends.

Allen said he does not trust the Dominican authorities to provide the answers about how his brother died. He said an autopsy was performed Friday, but no “official report” has been provided to the family.

“We were told the body needed to be embalmed before my brother was transported back to the United States,” he said.

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Jason Allen said that Joseph’s 23-year-old son was on his way to the Dominican Republic to spend Father’s Day with his dad when he learned what happened. He said he does not believe anyone would have targeted his brother and said his brother never drank from the hotel room minibar.

Co-host Steve Doocy asked Allen whether he would advise people to vacation in the country given the unexplained deaths.

“Hold your horses… Something is off there and I think it needs to at the very least be looked into,” he responded.

The popular Caribbean vacation destination has been grappling with a rash of deaths of U.S. tourists at various resorts. Families of the tourists said they were generally in good health.

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In nearly all the recent deaths in the Dominican Republic, officials said there were signs of pulmonary edema — a condition in which the lungs fill with fluid. The tourists ranged in age from 41 to 67.

The Dominican Ministry of Tourism has denounced what it has called an overreaction, characterizing the deaths as coincidental.

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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Accused David Ortiz gunman claims slugger wasn’t intended target

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The man accused of shooting David Ortiz in a botched $8,000 hit job claimed from jail Thursday that the baseball legend wasn’t his intended target — but he got confused by the retired slugger’s clothes.

“It wasn’t David, it wasn’t for David … Was confused,” Rolfi Ferreira Cruz shouted to journalists in Spanish through the bars of a police holding cell in the Dominican Republic, according to local outlet El Caribe.

The 25-year-old claimed he was thrown off by the colors of Ortiz’s duds, Listin Diario reported.

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The former Red Sox player, a 10-time All-Star and three-time World Series champ, is the most famous athlete from his native ­Dominican Republic. And at ­6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, he definitely stands out.

Ferreira Cruz’s bizarre admission comes a day after local authorities alleged the former New Jersey resident had confessed to being the gunman who shot Ortiz Sunday in what they said was an orchestrated hit for a bounty of $7,832.

Video released by authorities Thursday shows the shooter walking up to the Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo and open fire on the 43-year-old at nearly point-blank range.

Ortiz was wounded, but survived after a friend rushed him to the emergency room. Ortiz was later flown to Boston, where he was still recovering Thursday.

The video — pieced together from surveillance footage — also shows the moments leading up to the shooting, allegedly depicting motorcycle driver Eddy Vladimir Feliz García meeting with other suspects in the case near the bar.

Witnesses said the gunman drove up on the back of Feliz García’s motorbike before the shooting — and tried to get back on, but fled when enraged ­bar-goers surrounded the vehicle, according to court papers.

Ferreira Cruz was already on the lam over two 2017 robberies in New Jersey, where he allegedly stuck up a 26-year-old man and a 41-year-old man on the same evening, the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to The Post Thursday.

The owner of a bodega near the site of one of the robberies said she and her husband recognized his mug shot after the arrest in the Dominican Republic.

“We were watching TV the other night and my husband say, ‘Hey, I know him!’ ” Magda Cruz, 41, said at her mini-mart on Highland Avenue in Clifton.

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“I recognize him. He lives around here. He was a customer. He came in regularly. Not for the last year … He went back to the Dominican Republic.”

Another suspect in the shooting, Luis Alfredo Rivas Clase, was arrested in Passaic County in 2016 for allegedly driving around with an illegal machine gun and a high capacity magazine, authorities said. At the time, he was living in Queens, according to the sheriff’s office.

Rivas Clase — who Dominican authorities say is known as “The Surgeon” — also is wanted in connection with an April 2018 shooting in Reading, Pa. He remains at large in the Ortiz case.

Additional reporting by Craig McCarthy

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Maryland couple found dead in Dominican Republic hotel room

A Maryland couple has been found dead in their hotel room in the Dominican Republic.

The news of the death of Edward Holmes and Cynthia Day, who were engaged and had posted numerous photos on social media showing how much they were enjoying their vacation, comes just days after a Delaware woman said that that she was assaulted while vacationing in the Dominican Republic earlier this year. It also comes weeks after the U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for Americans traveling there, citing a rise in crime.

The bodies of Holmes, 63, and Day, 49, were found Thursday by an employee of the Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana who went to their room after they failed to check out, according to multiple published reports. The couple were scheduled to return to the U.S. that day.

CNN reported that a spokesman for the Dominican Republic National Police, Frank Felix Duran Mejia, said there was no evidence of violence.

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Friends of the couple posted on Facebook that conversations with them over the phone recently indicated they were happy and excited to return home and to their future as a married couple. They arrived at the hotel on May 25.

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The Dominican newspaper Diario Libre said that a hotel employee mentioned that Holmes contacted the front desk about feeling ill, but that the couple turned down treatment.

The Delaware woman, Tammy Lawrence-Daley, said she was attacked in Punta Cana, which is a popular tourist area. She said that her attacker wore a uniform that indicated he was an employee of the all-inclusive resort in which she was saying.

Lawrence-Daley, who said she was vacationing in the Dominican Republic with her husband and some friends, posted photos of her bruised and swollen face on Facebook. She suffered a broken nose, other facial fractures and bites on her body, among other things, she said.

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She told the Associated Press that she went public about the attack, which she said occurred in January, to heighten awareness about the dangers of visiting the country, even for tourists staying at an all-inclusive resort.

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Lawrence-Daley said the attack happened when she was walking on the property at about 10:30 p.m. to buy a snack. She said the man who attacked her came at her from behind and forced her into a maintenance room. She said the hotel employees were slow to act when her husband and friends reported that she had not returned to the room. Security workers eventually found her in the maintenance room, she said.

In March, a New York couple visiting the Dominican Republican was reported missing after they did not get on their flight home even though they checked out of their hotel at the scheduled time. Weeks later, National Police commander Frank Félix Duran Mejía said that the couple apparently had gotten into an accident, possibly due to a mix of speeding, alcohol and dark roads. Orlando Moore, 43, and Portia Ravenelle, 32, had planned a four-day getaway and also had posted photos of their vacation on social media, praising the trip. The couple’s car was retrieved from the sea, and Moore’s decomposed body was recovered from the water. Ravenelle reportedly had ended up at a hospital, where she died.

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Tammy Lawrence-Daley after an attack at a resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in January 2019. Lawrence-Daley made the attack public on social media, detailing a vicious hours-long assault by a man she said was wearing the uniform of an all-inclusive resort. (Chris Daley via AP)

New York Reps. Adriano Espaillat and Eliot Engel wrote FBI Director Christopher Wray, indicating they wanted more evidence that the tragedy was an accident, and asking that the agency “work quickly to conduct a thorough investigation regarding details of their reported deaths that raise questions for us,” according to the New York Daily News.

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The U.S. State Department issued a travel advisory for the Dominican Republic in April, urging those visiting there to “exercise increased caution…due to crime.”

“Violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault is a concern throughout the Dominican Republic,” the advisory said. “The wide availability of weapons, the use and trade of illicit drugs, and a weak criminal justice system contribute to the high level of criminality on the broader scale.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Family of American accused of killing Anguilla hotel worker says vacation became ‘chilling nightmare’

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The family of a Connecticut financial adviser charged with manslaughter in the death of a hotel worker on the Caribbean island of Anguilla said Thursday that “our dream vacation turned into a chilling nightmare — a literal fight to survive.”

Authorities in the British territory have accused Scott Hapgood, 44, of killing 27-year-old Kenny Mitchel, a worker at the upscale Malliouhana resort. Hapgood spokeswoman Kelcey Kintner claimed in a previous statement that Mitchel came to Hapgood’s hotel room on April 13, saying that he needed to fix a broken sink, then showed a weapon and demanded money before attacking the Hapgood family.

Thursday’s statement from the family included a photo taken after the alleged attack that showed Hapgood with blood and bruises on his face and chest. The family’s statement said Hapgood “was bitten multiple times by the attacker, including on his face.” The statement also denied that the Hapgood family had ever seen or spoken to Mitchel before he came to the room and denied that they had submitted a maintenance request during their stay.

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“Scott and our family cooperated fully with local authorities in Anguilla following the attack, and our first-hand accounts of the events were taken by them,” the statement read. “Court proceedings in Anguilla have been scheduled for August. While we wait, a fair and just process for Scott must be ensured as his future hangs in the balance.”

An autopsy report shows Mitchel died of positional asphyxia and received blunt-force injuries to his torso and other areas. The Hapgood family’s statement pointedly denied that Hapgood choked Mitchel, but did say that “the attacker was restrained by a security guard.”

The Royal Anguilla Police Force initially announced that Hapgood had been denied bail after his arrest and remanded to prison. After attorney Thomas Astaphan appealed to the High Court, Hapgood was released on $74,000 bond and returned to his home in Darien, Conn.

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Scott Hapgood with his wife and children (Courtesy the Hapgood family)

Hapgood’s family said Thursday that he spent the night of April 13 in a local police station giving a statement. The family said they spent the next two days in rooms booked for them at the Four Seasons hotel by the Malliouhana before Hapgood was arrested, handcuffed and charged.

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“This detention was one of the most grueling events of his life. Then, as soon as he could, Scott returned home to the United States, said the statement, which added, “Scott’s wounds will heal, but the trauma of this incident will be with our family forever.”

A hearing in the case has been scheduled for Aug. 22 in Anguilla. The Anguillan newspaper reported that Astaphan ensured the High Court during the bail hearing that Hapgood “has every intention to return to Anguilla to clear his name.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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American tourists disappear after leaving hotel en route to airport in the Dominican Republic: report

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An American couple has been reported missing after they vanished more than two weeks ago after checking out of their hotel room at the end of a vacation in the Dominican Republic.

Orlando Moore, 43, and Portia Ravenelle, 32, were set to return to their Mount Vernon, N.Y. home on March 27 after a four-day getaway to the northern beach area of Samana.

However, the couple never made it to the airport after checking out of their hotel.

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Their families have not heard from them in more than 13 days. Their phones are off and their car is still parked at Newark International Airport. Authorities said there is no record of them entering the U.S.

Moore’s brother, Lashay Turner, told NBC 4 New York her brother and Ravenelle had a rental car during their time in the Dominican Republic, but there is no sign of the vehicle.

She told the news station the couple’s families have been in contact with U.S. authorities in the Dominican Republic and have filed a police report.

“We’ve been calling DR and they said they didn’t make their flight,” Turner said. “We also spoke to someone in U.S. Customs and they said my brother did not make his flight back here.”

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A picture believed to be the latest of the pair posted to social media shows them riding horses together.

“I’m scared. I don’t know what’s going on,” Turner said. “I’m saddened, my family is saddened by this and we just want my brother to return safe and alive.”

A spokesman for the State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment early Monday afternoon.

It is unclear which airport the pair were due to fly home from and how far it was from their hotel. There is an airport in Samana that offers mostly seasonal flights to the island, mainly from Europe. The next closest airport in the area is the Cibao International Airport in Santiago, which offers daily flights to and from the U.S.

The State Department’s travel advisory for the Dominican Republic – issued on Feb. 12, 2019 – said tourists should exercise increased caution due to crime.

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