A Getaway Gone Wrong
A New York couple on vacation in the Dominican Republic has vanished, with no signs of them for two weeks. A search has been underway in hopes of finding the couple.
On March 23rd Orlando Moore and his girlfriend, Portia Ravenelle, flew out of Newark Liberty International Airport for a getaway in the Dominican Republic. They were scheduled to return to Mount Vernon on March 27.It has now been two weeks since the couple was supposed to return. Their family hasn’t heard from them and their phones are off. Their car is still parked at the airport.
When the couple could not be reached, Moore’s sister, Lashay Turner reached out to the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic. Immediately after she filed a police report.
Police confirmed the couple checked out of their hotel in Samana, but their movements after that are still unknown. Officials say they didn’t make the flight back to Newark. There is no record of them getting back to the U.S.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined to comment on the matter. They state that privacy concerns preclude them from discussing individual cases of international travelers. The U.S. Department of State released a vague statement saying they are aware of the case and working with local authorities searching for the pair.
“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,” a U.S. Department of State official said in a statement. “The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State. We stand ready to provide appropriate assistance to U.S. citizens in need and to their families.”