Missing Americans’ Bodies May Have Been Found Days Ago, Dominican Authorities Say


11 April, 2019

A NY couple that went missing while on vacation in the Dominican Republic last month is believed to be dead.

According to Dominican Republic National Police spokesman Col Frank Felix Durán Mejia, a woman believed to be Ms Ravenelle was found alive but critically injured on the Las Americas highway on 27 March, the same day the pair went missing.

The man who they believe to be Orlando Moore was found on March 31, at sea near Sans Souci, Duran Mejia said.

The woman, found without any identifying documents, was taken to the Doctor Darío Contreras hospital where she spent six days in intensive care before dying on 4 April.

The body of a man pulled from the Caribbean Ocean on March 31 had a tattoo of the word "Milano" which matches one on Orlando Moore, 40, according to national police.

Two unidentified bodies found in Santo Domingo East match descriptions of Portia Ravenelle and Orlando Moore, according to officials. He said treacherous water conditions have kept divers from getting to the submerged vehicle, but they expect it to be the same vehicle the couple rented to drive to the airport. Duran said local fisherman reported seeing a vehicle in the bottom of the ocean in Sans Souci. The couple was vacationing in the country and was due to return home on March 27.

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Autopsies are being conducted to determine if the two people who died in what appeared to be a vehicle accident are Moore and Ravenelle, the police statement said.

Moore's sister, Lashay Turner alerted the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic and subsequently filed a police report.

Investigators said they confirmed the couple had checked out of the Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa hotel in Samana on March 27.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic are now awaiting fingerprints and other tests to determine the identity of the two bodies found.

"When a USA citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts and share information with families however we can", a department official told the news station in a statement. "We stand ready to provide appropriate assistance to USA citizens in need and to their families".

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