A couple from Maryland headed to the Dominican Republic for some fun and sun, the way many of us do when freed from work responsibilities to enjoy a vacation. Given their social media posts, they were having a great time. But something went tragically wrong. Instead of coming home with good memories, great pics and tans, the couple was found dead in their resort hotel room.
On Thursday, the couple was found dead at the Playa Nueva Romana resort, according to a statement released by the resort.
After missing their scheduled check out on Thursday, the pair were found unresponsive by hotel staff in their room, the statement reads. There were no signs of violence, according to USA Today.
The Dominican Republic National Police announced an autopsy found the couple had respiratory failure and pulmonary edema.
Medication for high blood pressure was found in the room, CNN reports.
Holmes’ daughter Dajuan Holmes-Hamilton spoke to a local NBC affiliate, saying, “It should have never happened.”
The couple had been staying in the hotel since May 25.
The U.S. Department of State said they are working with local authorities on the investigation.
This is the second Black couple to die in the Dominican Republic in the last few months. In April a Portia Ravenelle and Orlando Moore, a couple from Mt. Vernon, N.Y. were reported missing after they left their resort in the pre-dawn hours to drive back to the airport.
Ravenelle was found injured by the side of the road and died at the hospital but wasn’t identified until a week later. The couple’s rental car and what is believed to be Moore’s body were also recovered. Investigators say a long drive to the airport in the dark, coupled with Moore being seen drinking may have caused the accident.
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