FBI Confirms Tourist Deaths in Dominican Republic Were Due To Natural Causes

The FBI have confirmed that three tourists found dead earlier this year in the Domican Republic had died due to natural causes.

According to the State Department, toxicology tests done by the FBI on Miranda Schaupp-Werner, Edward Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Ann Day, were consistent with the findings of local authorities.

Their deaths were among the first of at least 10 Americans who have died in in the island-nation in recent months. These deaths have raised questions on  whether it is even safe to travel to the Dominican Republic.

In June Delta Air Lines and JetBlue Airways started allowing customers to change their flight to a different destination without paying change fees, according to USA Today.

Schaupp-Werner was found dead at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville hotel on May 25. She is said to have died of of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema.

 Holmes and Day — a couple—were found dead in their hotel room at the Grand Bahia Principe La Romana Resort in San Pedro de Macoris on May 30. They are also said to have died of respiratory failure and pulmonary edema.

The U.S. State Department said in June that it had not seen a rise in fatal incidents despite the deaths.