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Bodies Found In Caribbean Believed To Be Missing Hudson Valley Couple

Bodies Found In Caribbean Believed To Be Missing Hudson Valley Couple

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

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.

They discovered an unconscious woman fitting Ravenelle's description on the road, which leads to the country's worldwide airport in Santo Domingo. The couple was vacationing in the country and was due to return home on March 27. 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.

Fishermen reported hearing a loud noise coming from a highway along the coast leading to San Domingo on March 27 and passersby discovered a badly injured woman along the roadway, police said.

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.

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Police said they believe the couple was in a vehicle crash on Las Americas highway, which leads to a nearby global airport.

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 have not yet been able to identify or recover the auto due to poor water conditions. The U.S. State Department has announced they are working with local authorities in an attempt to track down Moore and Ravenelle. "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. 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. Freeman said she was anxious about making sure they had a strong Global Positioning System signal as well as enough battery charge on her phone for the long trip.

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