New York Couple Missing in Dominican Republic Assumed Dead

Clay Curtis
April 11, 2019

A body found in the Caribbean is that of missing NY tourist Portia Ravenelle, Dominican Republic National Police confirmed Wednesday.

Dominican Republic authorities believe two unidentified bodies are those of a missing NY couple, according to National Police Col.

The Dominican Republic's National Police confirmed that Ravenelle, 32 and Moore, 43, checked out of their hotel on the evening of March 26 and were set to take a almost three-hour drive back to the capital of Santo Domingo to catch their 2 a.m. flight leaving Las Americas Airport in the country's capital of Santo Domingo.

"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.

Mount Vernon police said they are aware of the situation but were not involved in the investigation into the missing couple. The couple had arrived in the Dominican Republic for a vacation on March 24 and stayed until March 27, when they were expected to be back in the U.S.

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Moore's body was found a few days later, still at sea, Dominican officials said.

(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.

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The pair left Newark Liberty International Airport at approximately midnight on March 23, leaving a auto at the airport.

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.

Turner said her brother is not the type of person who would "just run off on a hiatus", adding that he has a daughter. Fishermen reported seeing a vehicle submerged in the ocean but authorities are having trouble recovering it because of rough waters.

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.

Authorities said Ravenelle did not have any documentation on her so they were unable to identify her until recently.

Turner said that the pair had a rental auto in the Dominican Republic and the vehicle is also missing.

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

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