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Bodies Found After Crash May Be Those of NY Couple Missing in Caribbean, Police in Dominic Republic Say

Orlando Moore and his girlfriend, Portia Ravenelle, haven't been heard from in two weeks

What to Know

  • Two bodies found after a car crash may be those of the missing New York couple who vanished on vacation in the Caribbean, police say
  • Orlando Moore and his girlfriend, Portia Ravenelle, were supposed to return home March 27, but officials said they never made their flight
  • Police say the Mount Vernon couple checked out of their hotel in Samana, but there has been no sign of them or their rental car since

Police in the Dominican Republic say the bodies of two unidentified people who died after a car crash may be those of the missing New York couple who vanished during a romantic vacation in the Caribbean

Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle flew out of Newark Liberty International Airport on March 23 for a getaway in the Dominican Republic. They were supposed to return home to Mount Vernon on March 27.

At a Spanish-language press conference Tuesday, police in the Dominican Republic said a woman was found unconscious on the side of a road that same day. She was placed in intensive care at the hospital and died on April 4, according to police. 

A man's body, meanwhile, was found in the ocean on March 31, according to police. A car was found in the water on Tuesday, but authorities haven't been able to retrieve it due to current conditions.

Police believe the bodies are those of Moore and Ravenelle. 

The U.S. Department of State on Tuesday said it was working closely with local authorities in the Dominican Republic on investigative efforts. 

No new information in their disappearance had been released by early Tuesday, adding fuel to the anxiety and fear overwhelming their close family and friends.

Fourteen days later, their family hasn't heard from them. Their phones are off. And their car is still parked at the airport. 

Moore's sister, Lashay Turner, said her first move was to reach out to the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic. Then she filed a police report. 

Cops say the pair checked out of their hotel in Samana, but what happened to them next remains a mystery at this point. Officials say they didn't make the flight back to Newark, and there's no record of them getting back to the U.S.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined comment, saying privacy concerns preclude them from discussing individual cases of international travelers.

Turner said her brother and Ravenelle had a rental car in the Dominican Republic, but that vehicle is missing. A picture believed to be the latest of them posted to social media before they vanished shows them riding horses together on their trip.

“We’ve been calling DR and they said they didn’t make their flight,” Turner said. “We also spoke to someone in U.S. Customs and they said my brother did not make his flight back here.”

Turner says her brother has a daughter -- and he's not the type to "just run off on a hiatus ... he's gonna let someone know where he is."

"I'm scared. I don't know what's going on," she added. "I'm saddened, my family is saddened by this and we just want me brother to return safe and alive."

Authorities aren't speculating about what may have happened to the couple, but relatives are growing increasingly concerned.

"When these things happen, you always think of the worst, but we are hoping for the best," Edith Walters, Moore's grandmother, said.

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