SAN DIEGO – Remains found in Panama are believed to be those of a Carlsbad woman, Panama news report said.
A Panamanian man who lives on Isla Carenero in the Bocas del Toro region came across a “green military style” backpack discarded in the jungle, law enforcement said. When he looked inside the bag, he saw a human skull and notified authorities immediately.
Investigators indicated there was a partial “skull and some of the bones” and women’s clothing inside the bag, the news report said.
“We are operating under the presumption this is the body of a woman, based on the size and shape of the skull and the presence of the woman’s clothing. We are proceeding under the assumption it could very well be the remains of Yvonne Baldelli, which will of course have to be proven through comprehensive scientific and forensic testing,” an investigator told the Panama-Guide.
Baldelli was reported missing November 26, 2011. Panama investigators worked with the FBI officials to search for her in waters surrounding the island and with cadaver dogs roaming the inner areas. No evidence of her whereabouts were found during that time.
U.S. prosecutors said Brimager traveled to Costa Rica from Panama around the time she went missing and used Baldelli’s ATM account to make it appear that she left Panama.
Brimager is facing 10 counts of obstruction of justice and one count of making a false statement to a federal officer. Though the indictment alleged he killed Baldelli, it does not charge him with her murder.
Authorities also collected DNA samples from Baldelli’s family in an attempt to positively identifying the remains.