A mother has mysteriously died while on vacation in the Dominican Republic, as her son is now desperate for answers.
According to a report by SILive.com, Leyla Cox of Staten Island had traveled to the popular tourist destination on Wednesday, June 5 for her birthday and never returned.
Her son William Cox said he last spoke to his mother on June 2, just a few days before she set off.
William told SILive.com: “I called her on a Sunday and wished her a happy birthday,” “I told her I love her.”
The trip was Leyla’s second time visiting the island and as she prepared for her solo adventure, William said he and his family warned her not to go.
“My family wanted her to not go on this vacation,” William explained to SILive.com. “I truly believe if my mother was not in the Dominican Republic, she would have been alive right now.”
“With everything going on in the news right now, we think she’s a casualty of what’s been happening,” he said.
SILive.com further said that Leyla was found dead at 53 in her hotel room and according to William, the U.S. Embassy officials explained her death had been ruled as a heart attack.
“I am overwhelmed and confused and in shock,” William told the outlet. “Her birthday was on June 9 and she passed away on June 10.”