FBI investigating the 'mysterious deaths' of 11 Americans in the Dominican Republic this year have found that they all died of 'natural causes'.
As part of the investigation, the FBI carried out toxicology reports which 'were consistent with the findings presented by authorities' in the country.
Authorities in the Dominican Republic have maintained that all 11 Americans died of natural causes. Autopsies reported by officials found that some of the victims died due to pneumonia, pulmonary edema, cardiac arrest or cerebral trauma.
In a statement, issued to FOX 43, the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs said: 'The results of the additional, extensive toxicology testing completed to date have been consistent with the findings of local authorities. Our condolences and sympathy go out to the families during this difficult time.'
The office of the Dominican Republic's Attorney General still has not offered a public statement since receiving the FBI's toxicology report on September 16.
State Department data showed that 13 U.S. citizens died in 2018 while traveling to the Dominican Republic. At least 17 died in 2017.
The country is a longtime favorite vacation destination with tourists from the U.S, with 2.7 million visitors in 2017. But earlier this year, the Caribbean island came under scrutiny after several reports of the deaths of Americans while one vacation there.
Among the tourists that died was Jerry Curran, 78, who arrived with his wife at Dreams Resort in Punta Cana on January 22. He had dinner and drinks that night and spent the next couple of days in bed after falling ill. Curran died four days later after vomiting and becoming unresponsive.
Nathaniel Holmes, 63, and Cynthia Ann Day, 49, were set to head home, the day they were discovered dead at the Bahía Príncipe hotel in the Playa Nueva Romana resort May 30.
At least three Americans died during a seven-day span in June, including 56-year-old Vittorio Caruso, 56, who was declared dead June 17 after staying at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo.
Caruso was admitted to a local hospital due to breathing problems after consuming a beverage.
Khalid Adkins, 46, who had been vacationing with his daughter, was expected to fly back to the U.S. on June 23 but suffered kidney failure before takeoff and had to be rushed to a hospital, where he died on June 26.
Louisiana woman Susan Simoneaux, 59, died June 18 in New Orleans after being rushed to hospital with fluid on her lungs. Her death came a week after she returned to the U.S. after her honeymoon.
The deaths forced the Dominican Republic's Ministry of Tourism to adopt several measures that were introduced in September during a meeting with the U.S. Ambassador.
According to the improved safety methods, all hotel guest rooms must have emergency information and access to 911. A new multi-lingual emergency center for tourists will open in Punta Cana.
The tourism board is linking with Ecolab, an American based water, hygiene and energy technology lab to provide training and certification to inspectors in the Department of Tourism Services and Companies.
In July, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Punta Cana announced it eliminated all of its minibar dispensers from its guests' rooms.
The all-inclusive luxury hotel went forward with the removal of the small refrigerators that feature complimentary bottles of liquor amid backlash after the deaths of two guests at the Punta Cana resort over the last year.
January 26, 2019: Jerry Curran, a 78-year-old former police officer from Ohio, died after enjoying a few nights at the Dreams Resort in Punta Cana. He was found vomiting before becoming unresponsive and died after surgery.
April 10, 2019: Robert Bell Wallace, 67, of California, became ill almost immediately after drinking an alcoholic beverage from his in-room minibar at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino resort in Punta Cana. He died in hospital on April 14.
April 19, 2019: John Corcoran, 70, died of natural causes. Family members have said he had a pre-existing heart condition, and officials did not release further details.
May 14, 2019: The family of Donette Edge Cannon, 38, revealed that she died four days after arriving at the Sunscape Bávaro Beach Punta Cana.
May 25, 2019: Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, of Pennsylvania, dies within hours of consuming a drink from a resort minibar across the island at Bahia Principe Hotel in La Romana.
May 25, 2019: Cynthia Day, 49, and Edward Nathaniel Holmes, 63, of Maryland, check into the Bahia Principe Hotel, La Romana. They were found dead in their room on May 30.
June 10, 2019: Leyla Cox, 53, of Staten Island, New York, is found dead in her hotel room. Officials say she died of a heart attack, but her son says he is suspicious.
June 13, 2019: New Jersey man Joseph Allen, 55, is found dead in his hotel room at the Terra Linda hotel in Sosua. He was there to celebrate a friend's birthday.
June 17, 2019: Vittorio Caruso, 56, of Glen Cove, New York, died shortly after he reportedly drank something and became critically ill at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo.
June 18, 2019: Louisiana woman Susan Simoneaux, 59, in New Orleans after being rushed to hospital with fluid on her lungs. Her death came a week after she returned from her Dominican Republic honeymoon.
June 26, 2019: Khalid Adkins, who had been vacationing with his daughter, was expected to fly back to the U.S. on Sunday but suffered kidney failure before takeoff and had to be rushed to a hospital, where he died passed away.
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