Dominican Republic resort fights back after ‘insults and threats’

Kaylynn Knull and boyfriend Tom Schwander said they were poisoned at the same hotel where three Americans died within days of each other. Photo: Facebook/Kaylynn Knoll.

The resort company where three Americans died within days of each other in May 2019, and where a Colorado couple claimed they were poisoned, is fighting back after their employees have allegedly received “threats” and “insults.”

The Bahia Principe Hotels & Resorts said in a statement obtained by ABC News they are “collaborating completely” with local law enforcement on the investigation of mysterious deaths that have riveted and horrified Americans.

The resort company, which owns a chain of upscale vacation hotels in the Caribbean nation that shares the island with Haiti, is indignant about the plethora of alleged “inaccurate and false information”  that has caused “great damage to its image and reputation.”

As a result of the supposed dissemination of inaccuracies, coupled with the threats lobbed at their employees, the resort hotel chain said it reserves the right to exercise its legal recourse.

“Serious insults and threats have been levied on some of our more than 15,000 employees and their families, who are the backbone of our company and before whom we cannot stand idle on the sidelines,” the statement reads, according to ABC News. 

“We reiterate that we completely disagree with the dissemination of false information issued publicly which threatens the image and reputation of the company and the integrity and rights of our employees and their families, reserving, where necessary, the right to take the appropriate legal action.”

A report by the U.S. Department of State said 13 Americans died in the Dominican Republic in 2018. But, mysteriously, the State Department did not name Yvette Monique Sport, who died in her sleep after drinking from the hotel room minibar in June of last year, because her death was ruled as being from natural causes. This infuriated Sport’s family.

“That’s even more disturbing because why wouldn’t she be listed?” Sport’s sister, Felecia Nieves, told FOX29. “My sister Yvette is probably one of many people unreported and unknown.”

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks



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