Mount Vernon couple goes missing in the Dominican Republic

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A Mount Vernon couple has disappeared while vacationing in the Dominican Republic.

Family and friends of Orlando Moore and Portia Ravenelle say the couple should have returned back to Mount Vernon two weeks ago.

The couple flew out of Newark Airport on March 23 for a getaway in the Dominican Republic and they were supposed to return home to Mount Vernon on March 27.

Thirteen days later, their family hasn't heard from them, their phones are off, and their car is still parked at the airport.

The family has distributed a photo of the couple riding horses on their trip before they vanished.

Police confirm the pair checked out of their hotel, the Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa in Samana,  but what happened to them next remains a mystery at this point.        

Investigators say the couple's rental car is missing, they didn't make the flight back to Newark, and there's no record of them getting back to the U.S.

News 12 reached out to the U.S. State Department and all they would say is that they are aware of the missing couple and that when a U.S. citizen is missing, they work closely with local authorities.

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