A 23-year-old woman vacationing in Panama was found strangled near the beach, three days after she went missing and four days after she posted a photo to Instagram with the caption “I found paradise and it’s called Isla Ina!," People magazine reported.
When Catherine Johannet's body was found on Feb. 5, forensic analysis showed that she was strangled to death, according to multiple local media outlets.
Johannet was last seen at 10 a.m. on Feb. 2, leaving her hostel to travel to Bastimentos Island, the island where her corpse was eventually discovered. Johannet was reported missing by the hostel that night.
The FBI has joined local authorities in the investigation, and several people have been brought in for questioning, according to a local outlet.
“Multiple senior members of the Panamanian government have been working closely, throughout the weekend, along with the Ambassador, U.S. consular officials, and the FBI," a statement from the U.S. Embassy said. "We express our regret to the family of Ms. Johannet. Out of respect for the family's privacy at this difficult time, we have no further public comment; we will continue to work closely with Panamanian government officials and provide all possible assistance to the grieving family."
Johannet was a frequent traveller, who relatives said had visited six continents.