Lawsuit claims Colorado couple poisoned by pesticides at Dominican Republic resort


A Colorado couple claims they were poisoned at the same Dominican Republic resort where three Americans died.

The couple filed the lawsuit earlier in 2019, long before a Whitehall woman and Maryland couple lost their lives, but now the Colorado pair says they are proof that something is badly wrong there.

Kaylynn Knull and Tom Schwand stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe resort in 2018. They believe while on their dream vacation, they were poisoned by pesticides being sprayed on the plants.

"When we came back to the room, it hit us a lot stronger and we smelled the smell of chemicals," Knull said.

The couple says they complained to the front desk, but staff wouldn't tell them what was sprayed. The hotel had the pair switch rooms twice, but it didn't help.

Knull and Schwand said after symptoms of drooling, tearing, dizziness and waking up in the middle of the night covered in sweat, they booked a flight home. A U.S. doctor diagnosed them as "likely poisoned by pesticides," but they still don't know exactly what it was.

"Honestly, all I wanted was the chemical name. I couldn't care less about the money if I could save my own life later," Knull said.

The couple said when they found out about the sudden deaths of a Whitehall woman and Maryland couple at the same resort, they knew they had to do more.

"Blood-boiling. It's too coincidental with the symptoms that we had for me to even stay quiet about it," Knull said.

Miranda Schaup-Werner, 41, checked into the Grand Bahia Principe resort on the same day, May 25th, as the recently engaged Ed Holmes and Cynthia Day.

Within days, all three were dead.

Autopsy results say the victims all died after experiencing similar symptoms, including internal trauma and fluid in the lungs.

The resort says although coincidental, there's no proof of a connection.

The Washington Post cites Dominican authorities as saying all three had "eerily similar symptoms," but officials say they won't have more details until toxicology results are completed.

As for the resort's stance on the couple's pesticide claims, officials said they won't comment on ongoing litigation.