The eerie similarities surrounding Dominican Republic tourist deaths

A Baltimore woman said that her son mysteriously died on a vacation in the Dominican Republic in 2018, adding that she made a decision to speak out after seeing reports of other American tourists dying in resorts under unusual circumstances. He was staying at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana where he eventually died.

Compounding the mystery is the fact that another American tourist, David Harrison, 45, of Maryland, had died at the same Hard Rock in July 2018 under similarly odd circumstances.

Over the weekend, the sixth and seventh deaths were disclosed. His niece, Chloe Arnold, told Fox News on Sunday that Wallace had fallen ill nearly immediately after having had a scotch from his hotel room's minibar. Harrison and Wallace both died at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana.

Multiple news outlets recently publicized the deaths of three American tourists at the Bahia Principe, another resort area in the Dominican Republic.

Five days later, Edward Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Day, 49, were found dead in their room at the neighboring Grand Bahia Principe resort. Authorities claimed that she too died of pulmonary edema and respiratory failure, although a family spokesman said that police did a "very cursory [look] into determining the cause of death".

The incidents have prompted a number of people to reconsider traveling to the country.

On top of a sort of sudden-death syndrome at Dominican resorts - liquor consumed at hotel minibars is a primary suspect - the shooting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz Sunday night outside a Santo Domingo club has focused new attention on violence in his homeland.

"Bottom line was we were not going to go there", another Washington-area resident, MiMi Levine, told WJLA. 'We don't want this to happen to anyone else'.

The Dominican Republic is apparently a risky place to be from or visit.

"People report food-borne illnesses but it's possible that they experienced some other type of contamination", said Patrick Quade, founder of iwaspoisoned.com, adding that he had consulted with scientists with regards to the findings. Dominican authorities told her that it was an accident, saying that he had a heart attack and fell.

"It was pretty much like a no-brainer", Hudson told CBS. "They don't really have a clear explanation as to what's happening ... we're not even gonna risk it". The deaths are now being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. They say they experienced headaches, nausea, cramping and diarrhea.

Punta Cana is a town at the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic and touches the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. "I've gone through the same thing", Wedington said.