Family of Yvonne Baldelli speaks out on recent FBI findings


Family of Yvonne Baldelli speaks out on recent FBI findings


YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) – The family of the woman who went missing two years ago in Panama speaks to 13 On Your Side, just days after federal officials identified remains found on a small island as those of Yvonne Baldelli.

Baldelli's sister is a public radio host at Arizona Western College, right here in Yuma.

She says her family can finally begin to get some closure.

But, she says she won't be at peace until her sister's accused killer is convicted for her murder.

It's been two long years since Michelle Faust last heard news on her sister's whereabouts after she went missing in Panama in November 2011.

But on Wednesday she finally got some answers.

Just a couple of months before her disappearance, Yvonne Baldelli moved to Isla Caranero, an island off the coast of Panama with her then-boyfriend Brian Brimager.

Faust says when her sister first moved to Panama, she always kept in touch with the family.

But after November 2011, around the same time that she went missing, they stopped receiving calls from her—they only got emails.

While Panamanian officials declared Baldelli's disappearance a murder, the FBI was building a case against Brimager for lying to authorities.

And in December 2012, a grandy jury indicted him on 10 cuonts of obstruction of justice and one count for lying to a federal officer.

He was arraigned in June.

For now, Faust says it gives her some relief to know her sister can finally receive a proper burial.

Meanwhile, Baldelli's family remembers their loved one as a generous and caring uhman being that didn't deserve such a tragic death.

Brimager remains behind bars on no bond.

He will be back in court in November in connection to the indictment in the U.S. for lying to federal investigators.

But he's also awaiting extradition to Panama where he will be prosecuted for the murder of Baldelli.