Panama: Skeletal remains are missing Calif. woman

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Associated Press

Posted on August 28, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 28 at 8:33 PM

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Panamanian officials say they have identified the skeletal remains of California woman who disappeared in 2011 in Panama after arriving in the country with her boyfriend.

Prosecutor Vielka Gisela Broce says DNA testing confirmed that the remains found last week on the island province of Bocas del Toro are Yvonne Lee Baldelli, who was last seen there in November 2011. Her family reported her missing the following January.

The 42-year-old woman from Laguna Nigel, California, came to Panama with boyfriend Brian Brimager. Panama police say Brimager left Panama for Costa Rica and the United States some 10 days after last being seen with Baldelli.

Her sister, Michelle Faust, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Brimager is being held in California on obstruction of justice charges.

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