Missing Dutch women possible victims of crime

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Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers

Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers

Two young women from the Netherlands who disappeared earlier this month during a trip to Panama are unlikely to have gotten lost, Dutch police said on Tuesday, raising the possibility that the women may be the victims of a crime.

Kris Kremers, 21, and Lisanne Froon, 22, disappeared on the afternoon of April 1 during or shortly after a brief hike near the small town of Boquete, located in Panama’s western province of Chiriquí, approximately 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the border with Costa Rica. It is a mountainous area popular with tourists and considered to be safe.

The disappearance quickly led to a massive search effort in the mountainous area, involving search and rescue personnel, helicopters, search dogs, and volunteers from the local community. But no trace of the women was ever found, leading authorities to end the search effort on April 14 as the police investigation intensified.

Discussing the case on Tuesday evening, Dutch police spokesman Bernhard Jens said it appeared unlikely that the women had gotten lost, raising the possibility that the women may be the victims of a crime. “The Panamanian police have really thoroughly searched the area. So it does not seem obvious to us that they are lost,” he said.

The women had left for Panama on March 15 and were due to return home next week.

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