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Pa. Woman Died At Same Dominican Republic Resort, Same Cause, Just Days Before PG Co. Couple's Death

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) -- Weeks after a Maryland couple went on a vacation and never returned home, their families are still waiting for police to determine why they died in a Dominican Republic hotel room.

Early on in the investigation, local police said the couple's families shared medical records, flagging a history of high blood pressure.

But an attorney on the case said that is incorrect, and the couple's families want answers.

The day 63-year-old Edward Nathaniel Holmes and his fiances 49-year-old Cynthia Ann Day were scheduled to check out of the Grand Bahia Principe Resort in La Romana, staff made a chilling discovery-- finding their bodies in their room.

Questions are still surrounding what led to their deaths.

Early on in the investigation, local police pointed to blood pressure medication, reportedly found in the couple's room.

They said this was supported by medical records from the couple's families. Steven Bullock, an attorney for the Day family, said that's incorrect.

"We have not provided any medical information to any authorities in the Dominican Republic.

Autopsies done on the island indicate respiratory failure and pulmonary edema-- a condition caused by fluid in the lungs.

That's the same cause of death listed for 41-year-old Miranda Schaupp Werner, another American tourist who died at the resort on May 25.

"If you look at two people dying at the same time, of the same cause of death, and then we get another report that someone who stayed in the same resort three days prior to them checking in died of the same cause, that gives us reason to pause," Bullock said.

The hotel posted a statement saying there were no signs of violence and they are cooperating with investigators.

The State Department said it is monitoring the investigation.

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