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Tammy Lawrence-Daley says she was attacked at a Dominican Republic resort




A Delaware woman says she was beaten unconscious during an eight-hour attack at a Dominican Republic resort in January.

Tammy Lawrence-Daley, 51, of Wilmington, wrote about the incident in a Facebook post on Wednesday and later shared the story with People magazine.

She said she was vacationing with her husband and friends at the all-inclusive Majestic Elegance resort in Punta Cana in January when she was attacked.

“How do you explain to your kids you were almost killed by some random stranger and that ‘Mommy is coming home, but I don’t look like myself’?” she wrote in the Facebook post. “How do you look into your parents eyes as they gaze upon your battered face telling them, ‘I’m okay, I’ll be okay.’ Seeing friends break down in tears as they look at you. Everyone asking, ‘why?’, ‘how?’ You tell them a story.”

Lawrence-Daley said in the post that after a night with her friends, she called room service at 10:30 pm but was unsuccessful. She instead opted to find food on her own, and told her husband she would return shortly.

She decided to go to a lounge in the building next to hers in hopes of snapping photos of the moon along the way.

But, she claimed in the post, she was suddenly grabbed from behind by a man wearing a uniform featuring the resort logo and pulled into an unlocked maintenance room.

“The next 8 hours brought me pain and fear. I was strangled multiple times to unconsciousness,” she added. “My lifeless body was drug down concrete stairs to an underground waste water area. I was kicked in the head, I was beaten with a club. And then strangled again for the kill.”

Lawrence-Daley said wasn’t rescued until eight hours later, when she heard footsteps above the crawl space she was put into and called out for help, PEOPLE reported.

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“My husband and friends went to the front desk at least 3 times throughout the night before security even agreed to look for me,” she wrote. “This consisted of them taking a quad to the beach and looking on the beach. The security at Majestic Elegance thought I was drunk somewhere. I went missing at 10:30 and was found over 8 hrs later. It was hell.”

She spent five days in an offsite hospital recovering from the attack and said she’s still dealing with nerve damage and medical expenses.

She claimed Majestic Elegance has claimed “no responsibly for the attack” because she couldn’t identify her attacker.

She claimed that police found “evidence of the blood smeared mop handle and a maintenance hat in the area I was found,” but no one has been prosecuted for any crimes.

Lawrence-Daley said she shared her story in hopes of warning others about what happened, saying that the attacker “is still out there.”

INSIDER has contacted Majestic Elegance for comment. The resort has not issued a comment to any other media agencies. INSIDER has also reached out to the Dominican Republic’s tourist security division.

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