The deaths of three American tourists in adjacent hotels in the same resort during the last week in May were unrelated incidents, according to authorities in the Dominican Republic—but autopsies show that the three had very similar symptoms. Autopsies found that Edward Nathaniel Holmes and Cynthia Day, who were found dead in their hotel room May 30, and Miranda Schaup-Werner, who died five days earlier, all had internal hemorrhaging, fluid in their lungs, and enlarged hearts, the Washington Post reports. The State Department says no connection has been made between the deaths, but the FBI is providing "technical assistance with the toxicology reports," which are pending.
Francisco Javier Garcia, the country's tourism minister, said Thursday that Schaup-Werner, 41, died of a heart attack, the AP reports. She died less than two hours after she started feeling ill soon after she checked in to the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville. Holmes, 63, and Day, 49, checked in to the Bahia Principe La Romana on the same day. Authorities say they suffered respiratory failure and were found dead after they missed their checkout time. Several bottles of blood medications were found in the room. Carlos Suero, spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, said Thursday that epidemiology specialists are inspecting the hotels and should release their findings within days, CNN reports. (Another Dominican Republic resort has cast doubt on a woman's account of being attacked.)