Catherine Johannet Found Dead near Panama Beach

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The body of American tourist Catherine Johannet is found near a hiking trail on Panama’s Bastimentos Island.

Missing Columbia University graduate found dead on hiking trail in Panama

Credit: nydailynews – Chris Sommerfeldt

A globetrotting Columbia University graduate was found dead on a hiking trail in Panama three days after she was reported missing, authorities said.

Catherine Johannet, of Scarsdale, N.Y., was discovered in a wooded area on Bastimentos Island off the north coast of Panama on Sunday afternoon. The U.S. Embassy in Panama City confirmed Johannet’s passing “with great sadness.”

A cause of death was not immediately known, and local authorities, with assistance from the FBI, are investigating whether there was a criminal element.

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