The police of the Dominican Republic say that a combination of alcohol, fast driving and dark roads led to the death of a New York couple.
Orlando Moore, 41, and Portia Ravenelle, 52, believed the authorities were on their way to the airport to return from their vacation when Moore could lose control and crash into the Caribbean Sea, according to NBC 4 New York.
The pair had arrived late, allowing Moore to ride the darker part of the road before the alleged accident. Moore was also seen before the pair left.
Dominican Republic National police Col. Frank Felix Duran Mejia said the pair was last seen on a toll near the airport.
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Dominican divers help repair the wreck of a car during the search for a rental car suspected of having crashed with Portia Ravanelle and Orlando Moore, who would return to the United States in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on March 27.
The missing New York couple Portia Ravenelle, 32 (left), and Orlando Moore, 43, who disappeared from their hotel in the Dominican Republic after checking out, were warned not to stop for the locals while driving to the airport, which about 100 miles away
Authorities announced the recovery of two bodies on Tuesday evening that they believe are Orlando Moore, 43 and 52-year-old Portia Ravenelle.
A body on the side of a highway was identified as Ravenelle & # 39; s. Researchers believe she was somehow able to escape from the car before she drove into the sea.
Moore & # 39; s body was supposed to be found on March 31, inside the vehicle officials, believed it was the couple's rental car in the Caribbean Sea, but it has yet to be identified.
The police of the Dominican Republic say they do not suspect that there is cheating.
The Kia that the couple said they had driven can be seen above
Members of the transit police repair the wreck of a car during the search for a rental car that is suspected to have crashed with Portia Ravanelle and Orlando Moore
The pair had not been heard in two weeks and was last seen on the evening of March 26 before leaving for Las Americas airport for their 2-hour flight back to the US.
A heartbroken friend of the couple said she was looking for them in the Dominican Republic, while they had to stay in a hospital bed for eight days after a fatal car accident.
Francesca Figueroa said Wednesday that she has been friends with Moore for 25 years.
Figueroa said she was in the Dominican Republic when the authorities believed the couple was in a car accident and crashed into the sea.
The wreck that is believed to have been recovered from Ravanelle and Moore & # 39; s rental car
Dominican divers help repair the wreck of a car while searching for a rental car that is suspected to have crashed with US citizens Portia Ravanelle and Orlando Moore
& # 39; She had to die herself, & # 39; Figueroa told CNN, referring to a report from the local police saying that a woman, presumably Ravenelle, was found injured on the highway and was unconscious on March 27 brought to Darío Contreras Hospital with multiple injuries.
The woman died eight days later, on April 4.
Figueroa said she had known her friend was in the hospital, & one of us could have held her hand. & # 39;
Figueroa said she and her family went looking for the couple when they didn't return to New York on March 27.
Local authorities found a decomposing authority from the coast in Sans Souci on 31 March. It's supposed to be Orlando Moore
The Dominican police think the couple may have had a car accident along the Las America highway while on their way to Las Americas International Airport. The airport is about a two-hour drive from the Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa, where the couple had stayed
On March 31, Figueroa spoke with a representative from the US embassy who told her & # 39; no bodies were found & # 39; and according to CNN no accidents were reported.
But on Tuesday, authorities announced that the couple might have been involved in a car accident.
Figueroa said she heard the news when she was on her way to the airport to go back home.
& # 39; I'm sad that it took many days to figure out & # 39 ;, Figueroa told CNN.
Police said Tuesday that they have established a rental car at the bottom of the Caribbean Sea off the highway to the airport in Santa Domingo. The car is supposed to be the couple's rent.
National police spokesperson, Col Frank Félix Durán Mejia, said the car appeared to have been involved in a crash during the 100-mile trip to the airport in the early hours of March 27.
Also on 27 March a woman, presumably Ravenelle, was taken to a local hospital with multiple injuries. She died on April 4.
The couple's rental car was discovered by a group of fishermen on a seabed near the Las Americas Highway.
From there it was believed that the current pushed Moore's body about 30 kilometers from the crash site. His body was found on the shores of San Souci
Colonel Frank Felix Durán (photo) said in a press conference on Tuesday that the police had found the couple's rental car in the Caribbean Sea
Durán said they would send fingerprints to the US embassy to help identify the bodies.
The authorities had previously said Tuesday that there was no evidence of cheating.
The couple flew to the island on March 23 and met fellow holiday makers Cheryl Freeman and her boyfriend Carter Washington at their resort in Samana.
Freeman said that Ravenelle had told her that he and Moore had gotten a good deal on their flights home without realizing that the airport was so far away from where they were staying.
The two couples made plans to spend the day together on March 26, bringing the rental car from Moore and Ravenelle to El Limón for guided horse tours that Moore had arranged.
The couple had stayed at the Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa hoel in Samana (photo). They checked out on 26 March
Ravenelle (right) had told Cheryl Freeman and her friend Carter Washington (left) about the warning during a joint excursion on horse trek on March 26
While driving to the city, about 25 kilometers from Samana, Freeman said Ravenelle told her that she was very nervous about making the ride to the airport for their return flight to America.
During that trip, a group of local men rode motorcycles to their cars and Ravenelle told Moore not to roll through the windows.
On the way back, Freeman said that Ravenelle kept asking Moore to make sure they had enough gas in the vehicle to get to the airport without stopping.
The couples went their own way for dinner, Freeman said, and re-bandages around 8:30 PM to go to a disco in Samana.
After a later trip to the disco in Semana on March 26, the two couples said goodbye in the resort lobby between 9:30 PM and 10:00 PM. Washington (left) sent an e-mail to Moore (right), Freeman said, and wished them on the ride but never got an answer
On March 26, Freeman (right) said that Ravenelle (left) told her that the car rental company had told her that the locals would recognize the white Kia they were driving like a car and might try to raid them
They then said goodbye in the resort lobby between 9:30 PM and 10:00 PM, and Ravenelle and Moore said they were going to pack and then stepped on the way to the airport.
Washington sent an e-mail to Moore, Freeman said, and wished them on the ride, but never received an answer.
A spokesman for the State Department of the Dominican Republic told DailyMail.com Monday: “We are aware of reports of a missing American couple in the Dominican Republic.
& # 39; The welfare and security of US citizens abroad is one of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs top priorities.
Freeman said Ravenelle had told her that he and Moore had gotten a good deal on their flights home without realizing that the airport was so far away from the resort where they were staying in Samana
& # 39; We are ready to provide appropriate assistance to American citizens in need and their families.
& # 39; If a US citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities in conducting their searches and sharing information with family, no matter how we can.
& # 39; Due to privacy considerations, we currently have no further information to offer.
& # 39; For inquiries about investigations in the Dominican Republic, please refer to the local authorities. & # 39;
The Dominican Republic is a popular choice for spring breakers and in the resort-heavy area where the couple stayed, there are few safety concerns.