Man foaming-green-stuff-from-mouth among mysterious deaths of American tourists in Dominican Republic

American tourists in the Dominican Republic are dying suddenly and mysteriously.

The Dominican Republic occupies half of an island in the Caribbean; the other half is Haiti.

One such fatality is an Arizona man, 62-year-old Mark Hulburt Sr., who had “something green” foaming from his mouth following his sudden death.

Jackie Salo and Chris Perez report for the New York Post, June 17, 2010, that Hulburt’s family says he was seemingly healthy prior to the trip, but was found dead by his wife at a hotel in Punta Cana. Although the cause of death was listed as a heart attack, his family now suspects that something else is to blame following the recent reports of other tourists dying under strange circumstances and similar conditions.

Hulbert’s son, Mark Hulburt Jr., told AZ Family: “It was not something that any of us thought was going to happen. It was something that came way out of left field. She [the wife] woke up, and he didn’t. She told me that as she found him that he had something green coming from his mouth. Having known then what I know now I would have fought tooth and nail to have his remains brought back here and had his autopsy done here in America.”

There have been other reports of tourist fatalities in the Dominican Republic in the past month, with some happening recently and others months earlier. They include:

  • In July 2018, David Harrison from Maryland died suddenly at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. His relatives said that before going to bed, Harrison fell ill and died the next day from pulmonary edema and heart attack.
  • In April 2019, Robert Bell Wallace, 67, died from unknown causes also at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana. His family said he became unwell after drinking a glass of scotch from the minibar.
  • On May 25, 2019, Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, of Pennsylvania, died from a heart attack after having a drink from the minibar at the Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville, a luxury seafront resort in La Romana, 70 miles east of Punta Cana.
  • Weeks later, Staten Island resident Leyla Cox, 53, died from a heart attack while on a trip to the same Luxury Bahia Principe Bouganville. Relatives have asked for her body to be returned to the U.S. for a second autopsy — claiming that country’s toxicology machines were broken when they attempted the first one.
  • The latest fatality is Joseph Allen, 55, of Woodbridge, New Jersey. He was staying at the Terra Linda Resort in Sosúa when he felt hot and sick before he suddenly died over night. His sister, Jamie Reed, told ABC News that she found him on the morning of June 13. Allen’s family released a statement saying they, too, fear he was “the victim of a wrongful death.”

The families of the dead have been asking that their cases be re-examined as more and more information continues to emerge. Hulburt Jr. observes: “Some seemingly quite healthy people seem to be having heart attacks out of the blue. Seeing everybody else that has passed, it’s brought up a lot of the same feelings. It’s been like a scab picked over and over again, all these people with the same causes all dying needlessly.”

There are also cases of American tourists in the Dominican Republic getting very sick.

The New York Post reports, June 17, 2019, that a group of Oklahoma teens’ senior trip to the Dominican Republic was ruined when they fell sick with a mysterious illness.

On June 8, a group of recent Deer Creek High School graduates flew to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, where at least two Americans have died and others have fallen ill.

For the first day, the teens enjoyed themselves hanging out on the beach. But after dining at the resort’s Japanese restaurant, the trip took a turn for the worse. Seven members of the group fell sick and were rushed by ambulance to the hospital, where they received anti-nausea medicine.

One of the teens, Bennet Hill, told KOCO: “I just woke up, and my stomach was cramping and I was sweating. I was freezing. We’ve been hooked up to IVs since we first got here with antibiotics, just getting hydrated.”

Liz McLaughlin, the mother of one of the sick teens, Libby, said they have “no idea what’s going on. We just don’t know what is happening. Is it the water? Is it the ice? Is it the food? Is it the food handling? Is it the pesticides?”

It’s unclear whether the group’s illnesses are linked to the fatal cases recently reported at the resort.

A Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana spokesperson said the resort “immediately took corrective action” after the group of students fell ill. “Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is disappointed regarding a recent situation in which a group of guests became ill after dining at one of our twelve venues. As the safety and health of our guests is now, and has always been our highest priority, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is regretful that we did not achieve the extremely high standards we set for ourselves.”

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William
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William

No idea what to make of this. And the former Red Sox baseball star David Ortiz was shot there last week for no apparent reason. Strange days in the DR. Strange days everywhere

kjf
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kjf

Seems he has a girl on the side that has the eye of a drug king pin.

https://weei.radio.com/blogs/alex-reimer/david-ortiz-shooting-update-police-identify-person-who-allegedly-paid-attack

On a side note, hey Americans, you are not beloved in the world.

TrailDust
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Things that make you wonder. One thing is certain: the Dominican Republic is no longer a safe place to have a vacation.

Kelleigh Nelson
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Kelleigh Nelson

And Bahia Principe also owns resorts in Akumal and Tulum, Mexico. We’ve been there, they’re excellent and beautiful. Can’t say I’d be interested in going again after reading this.

Alma
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Alma

Long ago went there to recup from cancer, it was great, but now when I hear thunder, I stay away from that storm. I feel bad for the people because tourism is going to put a dent in their economy. Dominicans are noble people, once this is over, they’ll recuperate

Lophatt
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Lophatt

It seems obvious that if they were “puking green” like the girl in “The Exorcist”, there is probably a medically identifiable antecedent. There is also a lot to be said for avoiding Third-World hygiene. These resort areas are notorious for hiring the absolutely lowest paid staffs anywhere. It is also well known that local police are more attuned to pesos than clues. Also, as “ktf’ says, below, “…hey Americans, you are not beloved in the world”. There was a time when just about any place wanted your money and was willing to overlook their generalized hatred. I’m not so sure… Read more »

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Lophatt . . . Bravo! Excellent point, now we have individuals in nations who are not above striking out at “the Ugly American.”

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

In today’s news there is yet another man who has died there. Frankly, I am dismayed that people are still willing to risk their lives by vacationing there. Obviously, there is something very wrong going on. It is rather suspicious that, as mentioned in the above report, when one of the deceased was to be autopsied–the toxicology machine was on the fritz!!!! I mean really . . . . can you say “Cover-up.” At this point, I believe that the US government needs to reach out to DR to start investigations on a top level basis . . . and… Read more »

DCG
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Sounds to me like some sicko(s) are poisoning people.

I’d stay far away from that place!

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

“Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is regretful that we did not achieve the extremely high standards we set for ourselves.”

And we’re going to give you a full refund and take care or your medical bills??????
I doubt it.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Well, there is no doubt about it . . . . “talk” is very cheap!

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

“Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Punta Cana is regretful that we did not achieve the extremely high standards we set for ourselves.”
Didthey get a full refund and medical costs?

Steven Broiles
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I don’t know what to make of this. Could it be just some serial killer who’s into chemistry and forensics? Or could the goal be to ruin DR’s reputation so people will not flee there once things get really bad in the U.S.??? I had the privilege to teach high school English at George Washington HS in Washington Heights in NYC. Many Dominicans were students there, and I found them, as a group, to be very fine people. The students’ one complaint that stood out was the constant chronic power failures there on their side of the island. Nothing like… Read more »

Frank Not Hank
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Frank Not Hank

I noticed the website for the resort says “all inclusive.” Oh really? You mean, no extra charge for the Ebola? Thanks!

Watertender
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Watertender

Sounds like something that could have happened in Olongapo by Shit River! You could smell that place 5 miles from shore.