Mystery Surrounds American Woman's Death in Panama

Authorities are waiting for autopsy results before declaring their inquiry into the death of Catherine Johannet, a 23-year-old Columbia University graduate, a criminal investigation.
1:58 | 02/08/17

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The mysterious death of a young American woman on vacation traveling alone in Panama when she disappeared. Her body found days later on hiking trail ABC's -- Benitez joins us with the latest on this Sergio what are officials say this morning. Well Robin good morning we're learning investigators have been conducting raids in Panama to figure out how this young woman lost her life the FBI even offering to help local authorities. Well right now that question. How did a vacation and in death. This morning a mystery on a tiny Panamanian island globe defrauding 23 year old from New York Catherine Johanna. Found dead in paradise she was visiting baucus that photo and explorer's dream. This YouTube video showing epic heights and pristine beaches Joseph had it posted on insert Graham from one just a week ago. But when she didn't return from a solo day trip to a nearby island Thursday she was reported missing. After three days of searching so police officer found her body along a hiking trail her family seen here arriving from the US Monday. To identify her body from going. He guessed based on the reaction. The Panamanians. This is probably is. There's some wrongdoing going on here someplace in this case and it may well be a murder. Now investigators are racing to determine whether there was foul play authorities awaiting autopsy results before declaring this a criminal investigation. The FBI now standing by to help with a possible investigation is there anything. Act this scene where she was fair on that would help identify a potential suspect. And that obviously. Were there any witnesses in proximity and now Joseph hand its sister writing on FaceBook. My family is thinking of all our beautiful memories with our laughing adventurous warm little girl. And this morning the State Department has issued a statement saying it will continue to work closely with Panamanian officials no doubt we will keep following this developing story and I thank you.

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