The Dominican Republic is a very popular destination for tourists around the world. This year, however, the island has been rocked by the unnatural deaths of a number of these travelers. A total of 9 Americans have died in the Dominican Republic this year in ways that have puzzled their friends and families.
As the story begins to gain more focus, the government may be stepping in to take a closer look at the situation. This weekend, Senate Minority Leader, Chuck Schumer, called on the Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco and Firearms to investigate the mysterious deaths.
The New York Senator told the Associated Press:
“Given that we still have a whole lot of questions and very few answers into just what, if anything, is cause for the recent spate of sicknesses and several deaths of Americans in the Dominican Republic, the feds should double their efforts on helping get to the bottom of things.”
The United States Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Robin Bernstein, is also keeping a close eye on the matter. In a statement, she said the Embassy, “is actively working with the Government of the Dominican Republic and the private sector at the highest levels to ensure that U.S. citizens are safe and feel safe.”
For their part, the Dominican Republic has tried the minimize concerns. Tourism Minister, Francisco Javier Garcia told reporters that autopsies show that the visitors died of natural causes. The minister continued, “We want the truth to prevail. There is nothing to hide here.”