Just one week after returning from her honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, a Louisiana bride has passed away — becoming the 10th American tourist to die after a visit to the country.
Susan Simoneaux and her husband, Keith Williams, considered their getaway to the town of Punta Cana the trip of a lifetime, Williams told WWLTV. Yet it quickly turned into a nightmare when Simoneaux was rushed to the hospital with fluid in her lungs.
She died Tuesday, according to WWLTV.
Her death marks at least the 10th American to die after visiting the Dominican Republic. Williams said he didn’t know about the prior deaths.
“I would have never went if I would have known,” Williams said. “I did not know to be honest with you.”
On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department said the agency had “not seen an uptick” in the number of U.S. fatalities reported to them in the country, despite multiple highly-publicized deaths.
“We are closely monitoring ongoing investigations by Dominican authorities into several recent deaths of U.S. citizens in the Dominican Republic,” a spokeswoman for the department told the Daily News.
Investigations are still ongoing, and Dominican authorities reported they have not yet found any connection between the deaths.
The FBI is providing assistance with the toxicology reports, which have not been completed.
The state department may not see an uptick, but we certainly do.