The deeply sad friend of a New York 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.
The authorities of the Dominican Republic announced on Tuesday evening the recovery of two bodies that they believe to be Orlando Moore, 43 and 32-year-old Portia Ravenelle.
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.
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.
& # 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 ;.
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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
Figueroa said she and her family went looking for the couple when they didn't return to New York on March 27.
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.
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 believe that the couple may have had a car accident while on their way to Las Americas International Airport. The airport is about a two-hour drive from the all-inclusive Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa in Samana, where the couple had stayed
Also on 27 March a woman, presumably Ravenelle, was taken to a local hospital with multiple injuries. She died on April 4.
On March 31, the local authorities regained a decommissioning authority on the coast in Sans Souci, about 30 km from where the car accident occurred.
Mejia said the two victims & # 39; similar characteristics & # 39; like Ravenelle and Moore.
A tattoo on the decomposing body is said to read & # 39; MILANO & # 39 ;, which corresponds to one hat that Moore has, according to CBS News.
The couple's rental car was discovered by a group of fishermen on a seabed near the Las Americas Highway, but so far divers have been unable to retrieve the vehicle due to water conditions, police spokesperson Colonel Frank Felix Durán said Tuesday during a press conference.
Durán said they would send fingerprints to the US embassy to help identify the bodies.
The Kia that the couple said they had driven can be seen above
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
The couple had stayed at the Gran Bahia Principe Cayacoa hoel in Samana (photo). They checked out on 26 March
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 friend 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.
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.
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
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
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.
& # 39; We are ready to provide appropriate assistance to American citizens in need and their families.
& # 39; If an American citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities in conducting their searches and sharing information with family, however we may.
& # 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.
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
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