Panamanian police have arrested a teenager and accused the teen of murdering an American college graduate, as reported by New York Post.
Catherine Johannet, 23, was found dead in Panama in February, with a report from the Institute of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences of the Public Ministry indicating that the Columbia graduate was likely strangled to death, as previously reported by CrimeOnline. She was missing for three whole days until investigators found her body along a trail, as noted by ABC 7.
Authorities did not identify the suspect but did tell reporters that the 17-year-old was linked to the victim after a thorough DNA analysis of the body, according to Telemetro.
Authorities have not indicated if the crime was sexual in nature, but they have stated that Johannet’s swimsuit was torn off before she was murdered, alluding to a sexual component.
One week before her death, the 23-year-old posted to Instagram from Panama and wrote “I found paradise and it’s called Isla Ina.”
Johannet’s brother, Paul, spoke of the grief the family has experienced since her death, as previously reported by CrimeOnline.
“We love and miss her dearly,” he said, noting her love of travel. “She was a world traveler – by the age of 23, she had already visited 6 continents and innumerable countries, including a recent 18-month trip to Vietnam where she taught English Literature to local students.”
She had worked as a teacher in Vietnam from July 2015 until October 2016 before taking her fateful trip to Panama. The deceased graduated from Columbia in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature. This is an ongoing investigation, and CrimeOnline will provide updates when more information is available.
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