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New Dominican Republic Victim's Brother: 'Something Is Off'

This makes what may be the 9th death of an American in the Dominican Republic
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 18, 2019 10:55 AM CDT
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Pictured here is a resort in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.   (Getty Images/valio84sl)

(Newser) – Another American tourist has been found dead under mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic, bringing the total over the last year to seven by the Washington Post's count—or nine, according to NBC News. Following the death on June 10 or June 11 of Staten Island's Leyla Cox at Punta Cana's Excellence resort, reported by CNN as the eighth American death on the island over the last 12 months, New Jersey's Joseph Allen was discovered dead in his room at the Terra Linda Resort in Sosua last Thursday, per NJ.com. The latest:

  • "The maid opens the door, screams, slams the door. My brother is on the floor dead, between his room and the bathroom," Jason Allen tells NBC. He says the 55-year-old had complained about the heat a day earlier, before heading to his room to take a shower and rest for the night. "I do think something is off."
  • CNN reports Joseph Allen's son touched down in the DR just hours after his father's body was found. The two were to spend Father's Day together.

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