A Manitoba mother is still grieving the death of her daughter, who died on a Caribbean vacation three weeks ago.
Holly Twoheart believes Danielle Twoheart’s death is suspicious.
Danielle, 26, died in hospital after what hotel security claims was a fall from a three-story balcony at an all-inclusive Dominican Republic resort.
The mother sat down with APTN News to describe what happened.
The mother and daughter arrived at the resort on the evening of February 14 and decided to go out drinking, but got separated on the way to back to their room later that night.
Holly says she asked security guards to help her back to her room because she was inebriated, and her daughter went ahead to use the washroom. “That’s the last time I saw my daughter,” she says.
Holly Twoheart is in mourning after her daughter died on vacation. (Ashley Brandson/APTN)
Holly says she stayed up waiting for Danielle to return to the room, when around 3 a.m., there was a knock on the door and it was security, “They told me to come with them and that’s when they took me to the scene where my daughter was laying.”
Danielle was lying in the grass outside below a set of balconies. Twoheart recalls, “I was screaming, crying, I was hysterical. I was like, ‘That’s my baby’ and I was crying, ‘No, no, no’.”
Twoheart says she was told security was chasing Danielle to bring her back to the room, and that she jumped from the balcony, “She wouldn’t jump, why would she jump? She has family at home and everything, she’s going to school, she wasn’t suicidal.”
Danielle Twoheart allegedly jumped from this balcony at her Punta Cana hotel. (Photo Holly Twoheart)
She says her daughter was taken to a local hospital and succumbed to her injuries.
In an email to APTN News, Global Affairs Canada spokesperson Richard Walker wrote: “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Canadian citizen who died in the Dominican Republic. Consular officials are in contact with Dominican Republic authorities to gather additional information, and due to the provisions of the Privacy Act, no further information can be disclosed.”
The Twohearts are originally from Sagkeeng First Nation, located 100 kms northeast of Winnipeg. Recently APTN confirmed 20 missing and murdered Indigenous women cases from this community, Danielle being one of them.
Holly says she’s received support from the community, including Chief Derrick Henderson.
Henderson tells APTN he’s writing a letter to Canadian consular officials to get more details.
Danielle Twoheart died under mysterious circumstances in the Dominican Republic. (Photo Holly Twoheart)
“I’m not satisfied with ‘It’s an accident’. I’m going to pursue it further. I’ve been in touch with the national and regional chiefs, I’m going to be requesting for something more than just, ‘Yeah, she fell off the balcony’.”
Holly says she hopes this support will initiate a more thorough investigation into her daughter’s death.