Daughter raises awareness on Wichita man's death in the Dominican Republic

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

"I did not get a chance to talk to him before he died." 

It's been more than a year since Meghan Arnold's father didn't come home from his trip to the Dominican Republic. 41-year-old army veteran, Chris Palmer, hadn't even been in the country for a full month when he died in April of 2018.

"He's young, he's healthy, he's smart. All in all, it was just a complete shock for all of us," Meghan Arnold. 

Immediately, Arnold says she was pressured by a funeral home to make decisions about what to with her dad's body.

"My only options were to cremate or embalm him, and my first thought was how are they gonna do an autopsy? How are they gonna do a toxicology report,"? says Arnold. 

The body was embalmed and sent back to the U.S., but it wasn't until months later that she would get any real answers.

"The cause of death was fluid in the lungs, insufficient oxygen and a heart attack. I looked at that last part and was like what? A heart attack? There's no way that happened," says Arnold.

Arnold says it's what she didn't receive that has her questioning the true cause of her dad's death. 

"Something as simple as performing an autopsy and a toxicology report was not done, and you're telling me that there's nothing to hide, then why was I not provided with that information? There's no excuse for it," says Arnold.

Nine Americans have died in the Dominican Republic in the last year. Questions are being raised nationwide about the causes, but during a press conference Friday, the Dominican Republic Tourism Minister, Francisco Javier Garcia, denied any mystery. 

Arnold says, "Of course there's no mystery to them, they slapped it on the death certificate and sent it out to everybody. They don't have to think about it again," says Arnold.

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