REPORT: 31-Year-Old Georgia Man Becomes 13th Confirmed American Death in the Dominican Republic

Originally published at: REPORT: 31-Year-Old Georgia Man Becomes 13th Confirmed American Death in the Dominican Republic | Sean Hannity

A 31-year-old Georgia resident is now the 13th confirmed American to die during or shortly after visiting the Dominican Republic; raising even more concerns over safety and security across the popular vacation hotspot.

“A Georgia man has died of a ‘respiratory illness’ while on holiday in the Dominican Republic – becoming the 13th American to die there in under a year,” reports the Daily Mail. “Jerome Jester Jr. of Forsyth, Georgia, died on March 17 this year just a day after going sightseeing in the Caribbean nation, according to his family.”

“Since June 2018 12 other Americans have died in a variety of tragic incidents,” adds the paper. “Most recently, Vittorio Caruso, 56, of Glen Cove, died on June 17 shortly after he reportedly drank something and became critically ill at the Boca Chica Resort in Santo Domingo.”

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Original Story: June 25, 2019

Despite non-stop denials and attempts by health officials to spin the negative coverage, tourism to the Dominican Republic plummeted by 74% in recent weeks after at least 12 Americans died after visiting the island.

“ForwardKeys, which analyzes more than 17 million flight bookings a day, found from June 1 to the 19th that bookings to the Dominican Republic for the months of July and August dropped by 74.3 percent compared to the same period last year. Bookings made from the beginning of April to May 31 increased by 2.8 percent,” reports Fox Business.

“Cancellations of bookings made to the Dominican Republic increased by 51.2 percent during the period of June 1 to the 19th. The site noted the cancellations jumped to 70 percent the day after the death of Leyla Cox, 53,” adds the website.

Two more Americans were confirmed dead after visiting the island last week; raising serious travel and safety concerns for the popular tourist destination from the United States.

“Two more Americans — a man from Kansas and a woman from Pennsylvania — died during vacations in the Dominican Republic, amid a recent spate of tourist deaths in the country, according to a new report,” reports the New York Post.

The families of Chris Palmer — a 41-year-old Army veteran from Kansas who died on April 18, 2018, and Barbara Diane Maser-Mitchell, a 69-year-old retired nurse from Pennsylvania who died on Sept. 17, 2016 — came forward to Fox News to report their deaths,” adds the Post.

The spat of deaths and illnesses sparked the FBI to deploy agents to the island; probing pools, air conditioners, food, and water at luxury resorts to determine the cause of the mysterious ailments.

The Dominican Republic was also thrust into global headlines last week when new details emerged surrounding an assassination plot against Red Sox legend David Ortiz.

Ortiz survived a brutal assassination attempt in the Dominican Republic weeks ago, with local authorities saying the plot involved an $8,000 bounty, two cars, one motorcycle, and more than six men.

“While the motive behind the attempted murder remains a mystery, investigators now believe the conspirators met earlier that night regarding a $7,800 bounty that was placed on the former Boston Red Sox slugger’s head,” reports Fox News.