Divers have been unable to make a positive identification of the auto due to rough seas, according to Fox8. Authorities believe it's Orlando Moore. He said treacherous water conditions have kept divers from getting to the submerged vehicle, but they expect it to be the same vehicle the couple rented to drive to the airport.
The body of a woman was found near where a vehicle crash occurred on March 27, the day the couple was scheduled to return to the United States. Duran said local fisherman reported seeing a auto in the bottom of the ocean in Sans Souci.
Investigators said they confirmed the couple had checked out of the Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa hotel in Samana on March 27.
Moore's sister, Lashay Turner alerted the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic and subsequently filed a police report.
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The fisherman also told authorities that they saw a vehicle at the bottom of the sea.
Authorities said they are working with the U.S. State Department and that both bodies have been fingerprinted to confirm the identities. The welfare and safety of USA citizens overseas is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State.
"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 U.S. State Department said in a statement.
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