Man still waiting for mother’s remains from Dominican Republic


NOW THREE WEEKS AFTER LEARNING HIS MOTHER DIED IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC ONE LOCAL MAN IS STILL WAITING FOR HER REMAINS TO RETURN HOME.. WE TOLD YOU WHEN 53-YEAR-OLD LEYLA COX DIED AT THE EXCELLENCE RESORT IN PUNTA CANA.. HER SON RAISING QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW SHE DIED – SAYING SHE WAS LOST TOO SOON. SIX ON YOUR SIDE REPORTER KIRSTIE CRAWFORD – SITTING DOWN WITH LEYLA’S SON AGAIN TONIGHT— AND KIRSTIE — WHAT WAS THAT CONVERSATION LIKE? IS ANY PROGRESS BEING MADE TOWARD GETTING HER REMAINS HOME? KIRSTIE: BO, WILL COX, LEYLA’S SON, TELLS ME THAT RIGHT NOW ALL HE CAN DO IS WAIT. HE JUST RECENTLY GOT WHAT COULD BE CONSIDERED GOOD NEWS IN THIS SITUATION —THAT HE WAS ABLE TO GET AUTHORITIES TO TAKE SAMPLES OF HIS MOM’S REMAINS WHICH COULD BE HELPFUL IN THE INVESTIGATION INTO WHAT HAPPENED. AT LEAST NINE AMERICANS NOW DEAD AFTER TAKING A TRIP TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IN 2019. FOUR OF THOSE DEATHS, REPORTEDLY IN THE MONTH OF JUNE ALONE. 53-YEAR-OLD LEYLA COX…ONE OF THOSE AMERICANS. “WE’RE JUST WAITING TO GET HER REMAINS BACK NOW…AND THE TOXICOLOGY RESULTS.” WILL COX…WHEN FIRST DEALING WITH U-S EMBASSY AND DOMINICAN REPUBLIC OFFICIALS…WASN’T SURE IF TOXICOLOGY TESTS WERE POSSIBLE. COMMUNICATION HAS BEEN DIFFICULT…MANY THINGS NEEDING TRANSLATION…INC LUDING THE POLICE REPORT. “I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHEN HER LUGGAGE IS COMING. I PAID THREE WEEKS AGO FOR THAT. SO YOU KNOW, DEATH CERTIFICATE, REMAINS, TOXICOLOGY, IT’S ALL UP IN THE AIR. NOW HE’S GETTING BLOOD SAMPLES, HAIR, TISSUE AND MORE. LEYLA COX THE 7TH TO DIE OF SO CALLED NATURAL CAUSES…AFTER THE 8TH AND 9TH…SENATOR CHUCK SCHUMER TWEETING THE A- T-F AND C-D-C NEED TO GET INVOLVED. COX SAYS HE AGREES MORE NEED TO BE DONE. “THERE’S NO TELLING WHAT IT IS, BUT YOU KNOW, ALL THESE PEOPLE ARE DROPPING DEAD OF RANDOM HEART ATTACKS THAT ARE HEALTHY. THERE’S ONLY SO MANY TIMES WHEN YOU CAN LINE UP THE PIECES BEFORE YOU SAY HEY THIS IS NOT A COINCIDENCE, THIS IS SUSPICIOUS.” THE F-B-I REPORTEDLY HELPING WITH THREE OF THE AMERICANS’ TOXICOLOGY REPORTS. COX HAS YET TO HEAR FROM THEM. EITHER WAY THE RESULTS COME BACK IN A MONTH OR TWO…COX SAYS ANY ANSWER IS BETTER THAN NONE. “IF IT ALL CAME BACK NORMAL AND IT WAS HER TIME TO GO, I’D BE GRATEFUL FOR THOSE ANSWERS…IF THEY DON’T COME BACK NORMAL, MY MOTHER WAS TAKEN FROM ME INJUSTLY, THEN I’M GOING TO FIGHT EVERY STEP OF THE WAY TO MAKE SURE JUSTICE IS SERVED.” KIRSTIE: COX TELLS ME HE WAS WAITING FOR RESULTS FROM A U-S MEDICAL EXAMINER TO PROCEED WITH CREMATING HIS MOTHER’S BODY BEFORE SENDING HER BACK TO THE U-S. TODAY HE FOUND OUT THAT A TOXICOLOGY IS THE ONLY WAY FOR HIM TO FIND OUT HOW HIS MOTHER DIED. BO: THANK YOU KIRSTIE… WILL COX SAYS HE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO FIND MORE ANSWERS WITHOUT THE HELP OF THOSE WHO DONATED TO HIS GO FUND ME ACCOUNT. HE SAYS HE TRULY THANKS EVERYONE WHO HAS REACHED OUT. BO: TONIGHT ONE KNOXVILLE POLICE OFFICER IS OUT OF THE HOSPITAL AFTER RESPONDING TO AN APPARTMENT FIRE THIS AFTERNOON.




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