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The 23-yr-previous was discovered lifeless in February.
A young person has been charged within the demise of Edgemont native Catherine Johannet, Panama officers stated.
DNA helped determine the suspect, who’s accused of killing Johannet, a 23-year-old whose body was found on Bastimentos island in February, Panama’s Public Ministry said in a press release on Tuesday.
Authorities arrested the teenager, whose identity has not been released, in the past week on Cayo de Agua island in the province of Bocas del Bull, officials said.
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Forensic analysis revealed that Johannet, a 2011 graduate of Edgemont High School, was strangled by a pink pareo beach cover-up she had been wearing, according to ensegundos.com. Her body was found on a trail near a beach on Feb. 5, three days after she was reported missing.
Eight people were initially detained by authorities as they began their investigation, which included the FBI and local police in Panama, according to prensa.com.
Johannet had traveled to Bastimentos from nearby Colon Island, according to a missing persons flier that had been shared by her family and authorities. Bastimentos island is known as a tourist destination for its beaches, wildlife and hiking trails.
Johannet had been an adventurous world traveler who had already visited six continents, her brother, Paul Johannet, wrote in a Facebook post after her disappearance.
She had worked as a teacher in Vietnam from July 2015 until October 2016 after graduating from Columbia University in 2015, according to her LinkedIn profile. A service for Johannet was held at Scarsdale Congregational Church in February.
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