Bodies Found In Caribbean Believed To Be Missing Hudson Valley Couple

Orlando Moore

Moore and Ravenelle were supposed to return to NY on March 27, after a four-day vacation in the 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 vehicle crash on their way to their flight back home.

The embassy said in a statement Wednesday that Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle died due to a auto accident that occurred "a few days ago" near the airport in Santo Domingo. He also has asked that Engel "ensure a seamless process to get them back home".

The Mount Vernon couple flew out of Newark Liberty International Airport on March 23, NBC reported. Dominican police have been communicating with the USA embassy and sent fingerprints from both bodies for identification.

National Police spokesman Frank Felix Duran said that fishermen found a man's body in the water off San Souci on March 31.

Authorities had confirmed that Mr Moore and Ms Ravenelle passed a toll booth on the way to Santo Domingo at 01:41 on 27 March. Authorities are hoping to recover and positively identify the auto, which plunged into the Caribbean Sea, however rough seas have delayed divers' efforts.


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

"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.

Turner said her brother is not the type of person who would "just run off on a hiatus", adding that he has a daughter.

On the night of their disappearance, Ravenelle had expressed concerns to Nova Scotia Tourist Cheryl Freeman about driving to the airport in Santo Domingo so late at night. 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. They said the woman fit the description of Ravenelle.

The Dominican Republic's National Police continue to investigate the case.

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