By: Sandra Rodriguez
The Hendersonville native suspected in the deaths of at least 10 people in Panama greeted journalists in that country as if he were a Hollywood actor greeting his fans, police said Friday – reports the Asheville Citizen-Times.
“When he (William Dathan Holbert) was asked if he was aware of the charges being brought forth, he said he was going to see about that, as if it wasn’t important,” said Ariel Barria, spokesman for the National Police. “He was cooperative, friendly, greeting everyone he saw. He appeared very friendly, like a film artist who is greeting his fans.”
Laura Michelle Reese did not share much more than her name, Barria said. She was silent most of the time.
Holbert and Reese were handed over to the Direccion de Informacion Judicial, Panama’s version of the FBI. The department is part of the national police and is in charge of investigations. It has taken the lead in the investigation of the murder and disappearances of people in Bocas del Toro province in Panama, where investigators found bodies buried on Holbert’s property.
The suspects were interviewed Friday morning, when they were told the charges against them. Preliminary charges include disappearance and murder of at least 10 people, Barria said.
Some of the victims are believed to be Americans, he said.
Police are still investigating at Hacienda Cortez, Holbert’s home in Bocas del Toro.
The Nicaraguan Army apprehended the pair Monday while they were attempting to enter the country illegally via the San Juan River.
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