With the number of recent mysterious deaths of US Tourists in the Dominican Republic many are left with questioning whether it is safe to travel to this Caribbean Island.

There have been so far 13 Americans reported to have died between 2016 and 2019. Below are the 4 most recent deaths of which 3 people were from the Tri- State area.

On June 11, 2019, Leyla Cox, 53, of New York, was found dead of a heart attack in her hotel room in the Dominican Republic. Cox, from New Brighton, went on vacation alone and was expected to return a week later. Her son, 25-year-old Will Cox, told Fox News that Dominican authorities were pressuring him to have his mother’s body embalmed or cremated before its return to the U.S.

On June 13, 2019, Joseph Allen, 55, of New Jersey, was on vacation at the Terra Linda resort in Sosua to celebrate a friend’s birthday when he was found dead in his hotel room after feeling ill the night before, his brother told Essence Magazine. In a letter to New Jersey senator Bob Menendez, his brother said that Allen “just had a physical before his trip that showed him to be in very good shape with no issues.”

On June 17, 2019, Vittorio Caruso, 56, of New York, died after becoming critically ill at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo, Fox News reported. Family said he traveled alone, and they were told that Caruso was brought by ambulance to the hospital in “respiratory distress after drinking something.” Authorities reportedly saidCaruso died of respiratory failure, while relatives were awaiting an autopsy report.

On June 25, 2019, Khalid Adkins, of Colorado, reportedly died after falling critically ill while on a vacation with his daughter in the Dominican Republic. When he boarded his return flight to the U.S., he was dripping with sweat and vomited in the plane’s bathroom before being asked to disembark, his sister-in-law told news outlets. He was hospitalized in Santo Domingo, where staff told family that his breathing was “really bad” and that his kidneys were failing. He died days later, FOX 31 reported.

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