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“We did not want to accept it for a long time, but we have accepted it,” she added.

Panama police said Mr. Brimager left Panama for Costa Rica and the United States some 10 days after last being seen with Ms. Baldelli in November on the Bocas del Toro islands.

Ms. Baldelli’s family reported her missing in January.

Mr. Munoz said witnesses at the hotel where the couple stayed reported they had a “violent” relationship and frequently fought and argued. Panamanian officials said Mr. Brimager is between the ages of 35 and 40 and had brought Ms. Baldelli to the islands.

On Thursday, FBI and Panamanian forensic investigators visited the hostel.

The mother said she had never met Mr. Brimager, who she thinks is from Southern California.


Missing police officer found alive in Peru

LIMA — Peruvian authorities said a police officer has been found alive nearly three weeks after disappearing in an ambush by Shining Path rebels.

Military spokesman Col. Alejandro Lujan said locals led police to Luis Astuquilca near the southeastern jungle town of Kiteni after a $3,700 bounty was offered. He says the officer was being treated for gunshot wounds in a leg and arm.

Officer Astuquilca and another officer went missing April 12 during combat that killed four of their comrades. Their patrol had been searching for 36 kidnapped construction workers who the Shining Path later freed. His colleague remains missing.

The Shining Path is a small remnant of the rebel movement that nearly brought Peru to its knees two decades ago, but Peru’s military has been hard-pressed to neutralize it.


220 youngsters fall ill from Children’s Day party

ACAPULCO — Mexican authorities said a festival celebrating Children’s Day went badly wrong and more than 200 youngsters were sickened after eating apparently rotten food in a village near the Pacific resort of Acapulco.

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