The Nationwide Police imagine the automobile Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle have been in plunged into the ocean within the early hours of March 27 as they have been on their strategy to catch a flight residence.
A physique becoming the outline of Moore was discovered at sea in a sophisticated stage of decomposition and Ravenelle was discovered alive — however she died within the ICU eight days later, police say.
“She needed to die by herself,” household good friend Francesca Figueroa informed CNN. “When one in every of us may have been there holding her hand.”
Pals with Moore for about 25 years, Figueroa says she thinks of him as household. Each Moore and Ravenelle, mates who labored collectively, spent the evening earlier than their journey to the Dominican Republic at Figueroa’s having dinner and watching a film.
“Two foolish people, two happy-go-lucky folks, at all times making an attempt to assist folks, that is who they’re,” Figueroa mentioned.
They have been due again in New York on March 27 at 5:45 a.m., Figueroa mentioned. Once they did not return, Figueroa says her household began searching for them.
Figueroa mentioned she spoke to a US Embassy consultant on March 31 who informed her “no our bodies have been discovered, there have been no lifeless our bodies reported, no accidents, nobody was in jail.”
She mentioned she was relieved. Maybe they have been simply misplaced.
However on Tuesday, she discovered that her mates possible have been in a automobile accident on the way in which to the airport to return residence.
“I’m saddened it took this many days to search out out,” Figueroa mentioned.
Authorities are working to substantiate the identities
Airport surveillance cameras present that the couple by no means made it contained in the airport constructing on the day of their flight.
Authorities mentioned there was no proof of foul play.
Fishermen reported seeing a automobile on the backside of the ocean, however due to tough circumstances, divers haven’t been in a position to establish the automobile, Nationwide Police Col. Frank Félix Durán Mejia informed CNN affiliate Telesistema.
Duran Mejia mentioned an unconscious lady, who suits the outline of Ravenelle, was discovered on the street to the worldwide airport in Santo Domingo on March 27. She died within the Darío Contreras Hospital eight days in a while April 4.
“The protocol we conduct in these instances is to take an image of the affected person or the unknown affected person and we give it to the media in order that members of the family can contact us,” hospital spokesperson Darío Mañón informed Telesistema.
On March 31, the physique of a person becoming the outline of Moore was discovered at sea close to Sans Souci, Duran Mejia mentioned.
The physique was present in a sophisticated stage of decomposition and had a tattoo that learn “Milano” on its proper arm, police mentioned.
Figueroa confirmed to the police on Tuesday that Moore has a tattoo together with his daughter’s title, “Milan,” on his arm.
The our bodies haven’t been positively recognized and autopsies are pending.
However members of the family and mates expect the worst.
“Everyone is devastated. Everyone is devastated,” Figueroa mentioned. “His daughter is devastated, all people is devastated, as I’m, as my husband, because the mayor, as all people on this city is as a result of he is well-known on this city. You go on the nook, and all people is aware of Orlando.”
They deliberate to drive at evening for early morning flight
Cheryl Freeman and her boyfriend mentioned that they frolicked with Moore and Ravenelle whereas on trip within the resort city of Samana. Freeman mentioned that Moore and Ravenelle had a 2 a.m. flight and have been driving a rental automobile to the airport.
Ravenelle expressed nervousness about driving at evening and mentioned the rental firm warned them to not cease and open their home windows for anybody as a result of the locals know which vehicles are leases and attempt to mug vacationers, Freeman mentioned.
Ravenelle repeatedly requested Moore if he was positive that they had sufficient fuel to make it to the airport. She stored checking to verify their telephones have been charged sufficient to make use of the GPS, Freeman mentioned.
After the couple left Freeman’s boyfriend despatched Moore an electronic mail wishing them a protected flight.
He by no means heard again from him.
Freeman mentioned she didn’t notice the couple had gone lacking till she returned residence to Halifax, Nova Scotia on March 31 and found a number of emails from Ravenelle’s household.
Rosa Flores and Kevin Conlon reported from Santo Domingo. CNN’s Steve Almasy and Emanuella Grinberg contributed to this report.