Photo: Yvonne Baldelli
Panamanian authorities reported Wednesday that they are analyzing the remains found in a grave in the northwestern province of Bocas del Toro which are suspected to be those of a U.S. woman who disappeared there in 2011.
A spokesman for the Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences Institute told Efe that all the skeletal remains, which were found on Tuesday and Wednesday scattered along a pathway, will be analyzed and compared with DNA samples from relatives of Yvonne Baldelli that the institution has been retaining since last year.
The spokesman said that the remains will be examined in the biomolecular analysis laboratory to “scientifically” determine if they belong to the 42-year-old American woman.
According to the local press, some of the remains were found inside a green military-style sack by fishermen at a spot near where the Californian was last seen.
The press also said that the prime suspect in Baldelli’s disappearance is her alleged boyfriend, Bryan Brimager, a former U.S. soldier, who left Panama in December 2011 and against whom the judicial district of Southern California opened an inquiry regarding Baldelli’s disappearance, as reported on the Web site www.panama-guide.com
Relatives of Baldelli have traveled to Panama on several occasions, accompanied on some of those trips by FBI agents.