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US Ambassador to the DR supports thorough investigation of New York couple deaths

EEUU. Congressmen Adriano Espaillat and Eliot Engel said on Thursday in a statement that the US ambassador in the Dominican Republic supports a thorough investigation into the deaths of the couple of Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle, found dead, after of a supposed accident on the Las Americas highway, on March 27, when they were heading to the international airport of Santo Domingo, back to the city of Mount Vernon in New York, where they lived.

The congressmen said that they met Wednesday morning with Ambassador Robin Bernstein, who recognized the importance of knowing all the facts of the case.

Lawmakers sent a letter to the FBI’s director, Christopher Waray, on Wednesday asking him to join the investigation into the deaths in the Dominican Republic of Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle, who allegedly died in an accident. March 27 and focus on the focal points of the scene.

“We wrote to request an immediate investigation into the reported deaths of Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle, who never returned from their vacation in the Dominican Republic,” the congressmen said in the letter dated April 10. “The FBI must work quickly to conduct an investigation into the details of their reported deaths that raise questions for us, it is essential that this investigation be carried out expeditiously so that both families can receive the closure of the case they deserve,” the petition added. to the director of the FBI.

They add that Moore and Ravenelle were expected to return to New York on March 27, but they never succeeded.

“The Dominican authorities maintain that their rental car sank in the ocean while they were driving to the airport to fly home,” the congressmen added in a joint statement.

“The loss of a loved one in Mount Vernon is the loss of a loved one for all of us and we are heartbroken over the loss of Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle,” said Richard Thomas, mayor of Mount Vernon, who approached Engel’s offices and Espaillat regarding the case.

“We keep family members, children and loved ones in our prayers during this time of pain. The city of Mount Vernon is determined to know all the facts about the tragedy in the Dominican Republic. There are too many unanswered questions and the people of Mount Vernon thank Congressman Eliot Engel and Congressman Adriano Espaillat for taking action, requesting FBI Director Christopher Wray to conduct a full investigation into the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of our citizens. that disappeared while on vacation in the Dominican Republic, “added the mayor.

“Mount Vernon is a very united city. There are families that have been here for a long time, they love each other and they know each other. On behalf of the citizens of Mount Vernon, we offer all our resources to the multiple official agencies involved, so that we can have a complete resolution. Mount Vernon will always be there for all our people. “

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