Portia Ravenelle was recognized utilizing fingerprints, Nationwide Police Col. Frank Félix Durán Mejia mentioned.
The Nationwide Police consider the automobile Ravenelle, 52, and Orlando Moore, 40, have been in plunged into the ocean within the early hours of March 27, not lengthy after the pair left for the airport to catch a flight house to New York.
Detectives spoke to fishermen who mentioned they heard a loud noise coming from 19 kilometers (about 11.eight miles) away from the freeway of Las Americas, Santo Domingo Este early that morning, the Nationwide Police mentioned in a information launch on Tuesday.
The fishermen mentioned they discovered a lady who was significantly injured and never carrying any identification, the information launch mentioned.
She was taken by ambulance to the hospital with extreme trauma and contusions to the top, hospital spokesman Dario Mañon mentioned. Ravenelle died on April 4, earlier than she was in a situation by which hospital officers may take her picture and share it with the media, he mentioned.
Mañon informed CNN that no household or buddies had known as the hospital on the lookout for Ravenelle.
The fishermen additionally reported seeing a automobile on the backside of the ocean, however due to tough situations, divers haven’t been capable of establish the automobile, Durán Mejia mentioned.
Moore’s physique but to be recognized
Police are nonetheless working to establish the physique they consider is Moore’s, however they are saying they’re positive each our bodies of the lacking pair have been discovered.
On March 31, the physique of a person becoming the outline of Moore was discovered at sea close to Sans Souci, Durán Mejia mentioned.
Authorities are hoping Moore’s brother can establish him by images of his tattoos. One tattoo, authorities mentioned, is a proper arm tattoo that reads “Milan.”
Moore’s good friend Francesca Figueroa informed CNN she confirmed to the police on Tuesday that Moore has a tattoo together with his daughter’s title, “Milan,” on his arm.
“All people is devastated. All people is devastated,” Figueroa mentioned. “His daughter is devastated, everyone is devastated, as I’m, as my husband, because the mayor, as everyone on this city is as a result of he is well-known on this city. You go on the nook, and everyone is aware of Orlando.”
What may need occurred
Moore and Ravenelle have been buddies who labored collectively and determined to make a journey to the Dominican Republic, Figueroa mentioned. They arrived within the nation March 24.
Cheryl Freeman mentioned she and her boyfriend frolicked with Moore and Ravenelle whereas on trip within the resort city of Samana. Freeman mentioned Moore and Ravenelle had a 2 a.m. flight and have been driving a rental automobile to the airport.
Ravenelle repeatedly requested Moore if he was positive they’d sufficient fuel to make it to the airport, Freeman mentioned. She stored checking to verify their telephones have been charged sufficient to make use of the GPS, Freeman mentioned.
The 2 have been due again in New York on March 27, however airport surveillance reveals they by no means made it into the airport constructing.
Police now consider an accident brought on them to drive off the freeway and into the ocean. Authorities mentioned there was no proof of foul play.
The case remains to be open
The case has not been closed, and Durán Mejia mentioned there are nonetheless many unanswered questions across the circumstances of the accident.
The automobile the pair have been in nonetheless should be examined, he mentioned.
Visitors police investigators are conducting a evaluate of the realm round of the accident web site, Durán Mejia mentioned. No police report was filed with respect to the situation and there’s no indication the pair’s automobile hit one other automobile there, he mentioned.
Autopsies of each our bodies are underway, with outcomes anticipated subsequent week, Durán Mejia mentioned.
Rosa Flores and Kevin Conlon reported from Santo Domingo. CNN’s Steve Almasy and Emanuella Grinberg contributed to this report.