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BREAKING: Bodies found in search for American tourists missing in the Caribbean

Authorities in the Dominican Republic may have found the bodies of a New York couple that went missing the day they were set to return from a short Caribbean vacation.

Citing the Dominican newspaper Diario Libre, the New York Post reports that authorities have found two bodies and a vehicle that may be the rental car Orlando Moore and his girlfriend Portia Ravenelle drove to the airport either late at night on March 26 or early in the morning on March 27.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, the Moore and Ravenelle never made their fight back to the United States, and did not return their rental car. A couple they met while at a resort in Samana said Ravenelle in particular was worried about the 100-mile drive to the airport from the resort; having been warned that muggers along the route could target the couple if they recognized they were tourists. The sources also said the two foursome shared a bottle of rum at a disco hours before Moore and Ravenelle left the hotel.

According to the report, authorities in the Dominican Republic said on Tuesday that fisherman found the car in the water along the route Moore and Ravenella would have taken to the airport, along with a decomposing body officials believe might be Moore. The timeline of the discovery is unclear, and the translated New York Post report states that an injured woman, apparently still alive, was also discovered in the same area and died after four days in a hospital.

Police reportedly believe the couple may have gotten into a car wreck, but there is no indication at this time how they believe the accident occurred.

Authorities have not positively identified either deceased individual and are working to compare fingerprints.

CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.

 

[Feature image: Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle/Instagram]