Remains identified as Dutch tourists who were missing in Panama
Forensic tests have confirmed that the bodies of two women found in a dense patch of cloud forest near the Costa Rica-Panama border are Dutch tourists who had been missing since April.
Lisanne Froon, 22, and Kris Kremers, 21, had traveled to Boquete, Panama, to do volunteer work with a group of local children. On April 2, the pair went on a hike down a mountain path bordering Costa Rica. They were never seen again, local residents told the BBC.
According to a separate BBC report, an 18-person Dutch search team traveled to the area in May but did not find any sign of the women.
Later, Panamanian police found human remains, a backpack, two cellphones and a pair of boots believed to have belonged to the women.
On Monday, forensic analysts matched DNA from the remains to Froon’s family members, and on Wednesday, Kremers’s family released a statement saying they believed Kremer’s body also was found in the forest.
Investigators have not yet determined the causes of death.
You may be interested
Decree makes it easier for Costa Rican citizens to avoid 14-day quarantineAlejandro Zúñiga - October 20, 2020
Costa Rican citizens returning from abroad can now avoid a 14-day quarantine even if they remained out of the country…
Ortega denounces international ‘campaign of viciousness’ against NicaraguaAFP - October 20, 2020
President Daniel Ortega alleged Monday that there is "a campaign of viciousness" against Nicaragua and accused the United States and…
Legislative Assembly approves project eliminating annuitiesAlejandro Zúñiga - October 20, 2020
The Legislative Assembly on Monday approved a project that eliminates annuities for Costa Rica’s public employees over the next two…