New York Couple Missing in Dominican Republic Assumed Dead
00:30, Apr 11, 2019
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- Police in the Dominican Republic believe a body pulled from the ocean and a woman who died at a local hospital are a missing couple from Mount Vernon.
Moore and Ravenelle were supposed to return to NY on March 27, after a four-day vacation in the Dominican Republic.
Authorities believe the couple's rental vehicle plunged into the ocean in the early hours of March 27 as they were on their way to catch a flight home.
A woman matching Ravenelle's description survived the crash but succumbed to her injuries six days later, CBS News reports. Dominican police have been communicating with the USA embassy and sent fingerprints from both bodies for identification.
Orlando Moore, 43, and his girlfriend, Portia Ravenelle, 32, were reported missing after they suddenly disappeared during a romantic getaway in the Caribbean and have not been heard from for more than two weeks, according to NBC4. Fishermen reported seeing a vehicle submerged in the ocean but authorities are having trouble recovering it because of rough waters. The couple stayed at the Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa resort at the country's Samaná peninsula and were expected back to the states on March 27 but never returned. Their relatives told police they were scheduled to fly to Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey that day, but missed their flight out of Santa Domingo.
Authorities believe the pair crashed early in the morning on 27 March in a rental vehicle. A police report was filed for the missing couple on March 29. They believe the couple was en route to the airport.
The fisherman also told authorities that they saw a vehicle at the bottom of the sea.
Her death was subsequently confirmed by an official with the US Department of State.
"When a U.S. citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts and share information with families however we can", the U.S. State Department said in a statement. "We stand ready to provide appropriate assistance to USA citizens in need and to their families", they added.
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