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New Jersey man becomes latest American tourist to die at a Dominican Republic resort

NBC News logo NBC News 6/18/2019 Doha Madani and Abigail Williams
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An Avenel, New Jersey, man died last week while staying at a resort in the Dominican Republic, becoming at least the ninth other American tourists to die under mysterious circumstances while visiting the small Caribbean country. Joseph Allen, 55, was found dead in his room Thursday at the Terra Linda Resort in Sosua, where he was celebrating a friend's birthday, his family confirmed to NBC News.

Allen's sister-in-law said that the family was scrambling for answers. A representative for the Terra Linda Resort was not immediately available for comment to NBC News.

a man and a woman taking a selfie: Image: Joseph Allen © Courtesy Allen Family Image: Joseph Allen A number of other families reported stories of their relatives mysteriously dying while staying at resorts in the Dominican Republic. Leyla Cox, 53, an MRI technician from Staten Island, was staying at the Excellence resort in Punta Cana when she died on June 11, just a day after her birthday, according to her son.

Will Cox said he still does not know his mother's cause of death and has not had the chance to mourn properly as her remains still haven't been returned home. He also told NBC News that a representative for the U.S. Embassy said a toxicology test would not be conducted on his mother's body due to broken machines.

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