Published: Thu, April 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

NY holidaymakers presumed dead in Dominican Republic

NY holidaymakers presumed dead in Dominican Republic

The bodies of a Westchester couple that went missing in the Dominican Republic may have been recovered after they were believed to be involved in a auto crash on their way to their flight back home. A police report was filed for the missing couple on March 29. 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.

Mejia said photos of the tattoos on the corpse, which washed ashore March 31, were sent to Moore's brother so he can identify him. They believe the couple was en route to the airport.

Authorities believe the pair crashed early in the morning on 27 March in a rental vehicle.

Ravenelle was identified via fingerprints with the help of officials in the U.S. Embassy, according to the Dominican Republic National Police.

Orlando Moore, 40, and Portia Denise Ravenelle, 52, were supposed to return to Mount Vernon on March 27, following a four-day vacation.

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A woman who died at the Doctor Dario Contreras Hospital on April. 4 is believed to be Ravenelle. Ravenelle had been speaking frequently with the rental vehicle agency, where a representative warned her not to roll down the auto windows at any point during the drive due to high crime rates.

Police officials said on April 9 that local fishermen found a auto in the water near where the couple would have been driving on their way to the airport back from their vacation getaway in the northeast part of the country, according to the Diario Libre report.

"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. 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. "He's not just going to run off on a hiatus and not tell his family", Moore's sister, Lashay Turner told NBC 4 NY.

So far, authorities said there was no sign of foul play.

Other family members and friends have been using social media to raise awareness about their disappearance.

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