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Dominican Republic Officials Believe Bodies Found More Than A Week Ago Appear To Be Missing New York Couple

Authorities are awaiting fingerprint and other testing to positively identify the individuals found days ago.

Authorities in the Dominican Republic believe that two unidentified bodies belong to a New York couple that has not been heard from for two weeks.

Orlando Moore and his girlfriend, Portia Ravenelle, went on a mini vacation to the Caribbean country on March 23, and were supposed to return home to Mount Vernon on March 27. However, their family never heard from them, they never made their flight back to Newark Liberty International Airport, there was no record of them returning stateside, and family said that their car was still parked in the airport parking.

Now, according to CNN, Dominican Republic National Police Col. Frank Felix Duran Mejia says that the couple may have been found days ago.

According to Duran Mejia, an unconscious woman who fits Ravenelle’s description was found on the road to the international airport in Santo Domingo on May 27, the day the couple was meant to return to the US.

The woman, who didn’t have identification on her, was taken to a hospital. She died from her injuries eight days later on April 4.

On March 31, four days after the woman was found, the body of a man fitting Moore’s description was found in the sea near Sans Souci.

Authorities say the man’s body was in an advanced stage of decomposition, but they could make out a tattoo that read “Milano” on the right arm of the deceased.

Autopsies on the pair are pending, and the bodies have been fingerprinted in an attempt to positively identify the deceased.

According to CNN, authorities believe that the couple’s rental car – which was also reported missing – plummeted into the ocean early March 27 as they were trying to make their flight.

Local fishermen reported a vehicle found in the ocean, however divers have not yet been able to identify if it is the couple’s rental because of how rough the seas are.

On Tuesday, authorities noted that there is no evidence of foul play in the couple’s disappearance.