Mount Vernon Couple Missing In Dominican Republic Presumed Dead, Police Say

Kerry Wise
April 11, 2019

The New York couple that went missing last month in the Dominican Republic may have died in a auto crash, authorities in that country said.

Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle were supposed to return to NY from the Dominican Republic on March 27, said Moore's half-sister, Lashay Turner, who said she reported him missing two days later after the couple didn't return.

Duran said investigators believe the couple was involved in a fatal vehicle crash as they headed to the airport to fly home from the four-day vacation. After spending six days in intensive care, the woman, believed to be Ravenelle, died on April 4, authorities said.

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.

Authorities are fingerprinting the victims to identify them and autopsies are underway.

(Cheryl Freeman and Carter Warrington via Reuters) Orlando Moore, seen on horseback, is seen in this image taken March 26, 2019 at the waterfall of El Limon, Samana, Dominican Republic. Divers have not been able to identify the vehicle because of rough seas. Moore's sister, Lashay Turner, told NBC4 that she has contacted the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic and also filed a police report.

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The vehicle was found at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea, and could not be recovered, according to Duran Mejia.

They had not been heard from since they began their drive to the airport to return home, according to reports.

The U.S. State Department told the news station that they were working with local authorities to search for the couple.

Although their bodies were found within days of the auto crash, family and friends of the couple are only just learning what happened to them, CNN reports.

Her death was subsequently confirmed by an official with the US Department of State. "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". "We stand ready to provide appropriate assistance to USA citizens in need and to their families", they added.