The families of Orlando Moore and his girlfriend, Portia Ravenelle, were searching for both New Yorkers who went missing while vacationing in the Dominican Republic late last month.
The couple traveled to the Dominican Republic on March 23 and was scheduled to return home four days later.
National Police spokesman Col. Frank Felix Durán Mejia said investigators met Monday night and were expected to release information about the case, CNN reported. But there was no timetable for when they would discuss the status of the case.
This comes against the backdrop of President Donald Trump weighing in Monday on the white American tourist who was released by her kidnappers in Uganda over the weekend. The president urged the Ugandan government to find her abductors. As of late Tuesday morning, he hadn’t made a public statement about the missing couple.
Investigators said what happened to the couple after they checked out of their hotel in Samana is a mystery. They failed to board their flight back to the United States, and there’s no record of them returning back home.
Moore’s sister, Lashay Turner, said her brother has a daughter and he would never just run off without a trace, according to WNBC-TV.
“I’m scared. I don’t know what’s going on. I’m saddened, my family is saddened by this and we just want my brother to return safe and alive,” said Turner who contacted the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic before filing a police report when her brother became missing.
Turner recalled that she spoke with U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials who confirmed to her that the couple did not get on their return flight. The agency declined to speak publicly on the case, WNBC said. However, the U.S. Department of State said it was working with Dominican Republic authorities to locate the missing couple.
“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,” the State Department said. “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.”
Meanwhile, the family was sending up prayers for the couple’s safe return.
“When these things happen, you always think of the worst, but we are hoping for the best,” Edith Walters, Moore’s grandmother, said.
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — “She’s still on a ventilator and in a coma, but she’s making big progress.”
Into the living room of a home on Byron Street in Henrico last Thursday afternoon, came a bullet which shattered the window and hit young Kemiyah Edwards in her head.
“The bullet came through the widow and hit her near the temple,” said her aunt Monday, asking that I not identify her.
Crime Insider sources tell me her grandmother loaded the five-year-old Glen Lea kindergartner into a car and stopped for help at the Oak Hill Shopping Plaza a few blocks away.
From there she was rushed to VCU Medical Center, where she is now in critical but stable condition.
“Besides prayers we have a GoFundMe set up so she can have what she needs when she comes home,” said her aunt.
Kemiyah is the only girl on both sides of her family. Her aunt credits the child’s stubborn, independent spirit with a splash of tomboy for her miraculous survival. “She is very sassy, a ball of joy to be around,” she said. “Loves trolls and Minnie Mouse and Doc McStuffins.”
Crime Insider sources tell me investigators don’t believe the shooting was random.
Family members say they don’t know who pulled the trigger, but that whoever did should be ashamed of endangering a lot of young and innocent lives.
The investigation is ongoing Kemiyah’s family praying for her recovery and the gunman’s arrest. “We encourage anyone that knows something to call police,” said the little girl’s aunt. “If this was your daughter, granddaughter, cousin or niece, you would want someone to come forward and say something.”
According to police records, at least 33 people have been shot since Friday afternoon. Among those 33 shot, at least four have died this weekend.