PANAMA CITY (CBSNewYork/AP) — Panamanian authorities say a 23-year-old U.S. tourist from Westchester County has been found dead on a Caribbean island.
Panama’s Civil Defense said the body of Catherine Johannet of Scarsdale was found Sunday on a trail in a wooded area not far from a beach on Bastimentos Island. The U.S. Embassy in Panama City confirmed her death. No cause of death was provided.READ MORE: NYC Mourning NYPD Officers Wilbert Mora, Jason Rivera After Deadly Ambush In Harlem
Johannet had been staying in a hostel on Colon Island, part of the same archipelago popular for its clear water and coral reefs.
The U.S. Embassy says that Panamanian authorities and the FBI had searched for Johannet throughout the weekend and will continue investigating the case.READ MORE: President Biden To Meet With Mayor Adams In New York City About Gun Violence Prevention
In a Sunday evening Facebook post, Johannet’s sister Laura thanked her friends for their support as they tried to find Catherine.
“My family is thinking of all our beautiful memories with our laughing, adventurous, warm little girl,” the post continued. “She was always there to listen to you and just enjoy life with her loved ones.”
Funeral arrangements for Catherine have not yet been announced.MORE NEWS: First Alert Snowstorm Forecast: Nor'easter Could Bring Heavy Snowfall, Powerful Winds This Weekend
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