The FBI has reportedly analyzed alcohol samples from at least one minibar at the popular resort of Bahia Príncipe, Dominican Republic, to determine if alcohol consumption at the hotel is actually responsible for the country's recent deaths.
Ministry of Health Communications, Carlos Suero, told CNN Wednesday that toxicology tests were being carried out on the samples to determine if anything unusual was going on.
FBI involvement in the case was announced last week These agents have collected blood samples from those who died under mysterious circumstances.
Officials are trying to find out if the victims drank resort liquor before they died and if the drinks contained dangerous chemicals, the sources said.
Suero told CNN that the FBI had compared the mini bar samples with blood from at least three of the nine Americans who died in the DR last year. The results are expected to take 30 days.
The victims, who were analyzed by federal agents, were found dead in their rooms at the Bahia Príncipe Hotel in La Romana in May according to Suero.
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Nathaniel Holmes (63) and Cynthia Ann Day (49) were discovered days later in their room – with no signs of violence or bad play.
They died nearly a year after Philadelphia-born Yvette Monique Short, 51, had suddenly died during her stay at Bahia Príncipe. Her sister claims that she drank from the minibar, went to bed and never woke up.
A couple from Colorado sue the hotel owners and claim that they got sick at the hotel but survived.
"I honestly believe the truth has to be said," said Kaylynn Knull, who was visiting with her boyfriend Tom Schwander. "That sounds too similar in the same resort."