Leyla Cox, 53, of New Brighton, New York recently died this week and is now the latest of seven mysterious deaths in the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is one of the top destinations in the Caribbean for United States tourist.
Cox’s trip was set for departure on June 5, and return on June 12. Her death was reported as the seventh person to die on June 11. All seven tourist has died of the same results of a heart attack, and Cox was found inside her hotel room.
Two died last year and five this year. All of the reported deceased was known to be healthy.
A State Department official told Fox News, “We can confirm the death of U.S. citizen Leyla Cox in the Dominican Republic on June 11. Out of respect for family members and loved ones, we cannot comment further.”
Her only son, William, 25, spoke, “I am overwhelmed and confused and in shock. With everything going on in the news right now, we think she’s a casualty of what’s been happening.”
Cox’s son is demanding answers and his mother’s co-worker posted on Facebook, “She turned 53 on Saturday. I want the world to know, that another US Citizen passed away in this vacation destination, that as far as I know is not being held accountable for the past transgressions. Hopefully, this will be investigated.”
On Wednesday, the Dominican tourism officials put out this statement, “We want to reassure U.S. tourists that U.S. federal agents and health specialists have been taking an active role investigating the deaths.
The Tourism Ministry stated, “We want to extend its sincerest condolences to the families and friends of those affected in the tragic events that have been reported over the last few weeks in the country.”
The FBI is conducting an in-depth analysis of toxicological reports, and they are telling the public to “be patient during the process as the conclusions may take up to a month to complete.”
William Cox told reporters the family did not have the funds to pay for further autopsy reports, and they cannot figure how they solve the mystery of the death of his mother.
He concluded, “They’ve put me against a wall where I don’t have a choice. Our own toxicology report would cost copious amounts of money. I have to get her ashes back.”
This mystery started in June of 2018 with the first mysterious death of Yvette Monique Sport, 51, from Pennsylvania. She checked into the Bahia Principe resort in Punta Cana along with her fiance and a few friends.
She reportedly had a drink at the bar, took a shower, and went to bed. The next morning she was dead. The cause of death was a heart attack.
July 2018, David Harrison, 45 from Maryland checked into the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana with his wife and 12-year-old son. After a few days, Harrison began feeling ill.
His wife reported a “strange smell, a very potent smell” coming from Harrison. He died moments later. The cause of death was a heart attack and pulmonary edema.
Robert Bell Wallace, 67, from California stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana with his wife in April. He had a drink from the minibar inside his room. Wallace was rushed to the hospital when he became critically ill.
He died in the hospital a few days later with the same cause of death, a heart attack.
Miranda Schaup-Werner,41, from Pennsylvania left with her husband and stayed at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville in La Romana on May 25. She had a drink from the minibar.
Werner got up from her chair, climbed the stairs and called for her husband after a loud shriek, and collapsed. She died instantly with the cause of death ruled as a heart attack.
May 30, Edward Holmes,63, and Cynthia Day, 49, checked into the same hotel as Schaup-Werner. May 29 Holmes is reported ill, and both were scheduled to depart on the 30th. They were both found dead in the hotel room. Both died of heart failure and internal bleeding.
Their bodies were returned on July 11 and will go through autopsies before they are buried.
The family of Holmes and Day are the only ones who have an attorney and will undergo autopsies here in America.
The family’s attorney, Steve Bullock will handle the case and hopefully, shed some light on this mystery.