Nicaragua detains 2 foreigners in Panama case

July 27, 2010 3:54:25 AM PDT
Two foreigners are being held in Nicaragua in the investigation into the death of an American woman in Panama. The Nicaraguan army says the couple were arrested at the border with Costa Rica after ignoring warnings from soldiers to stop. The two were traveling by boat on a river that separates the two countries.

Authorities are investigating whether the suspect couple fled north through Costa Rica from Panama.

Panamanian prosecutors say the two resemble William Adolfo Cortez of Texas and his wife, Jane, who are being sought in connection with the death of American Cheryl Lynn Hughes.

Hughes' body and the skeletal remains of another person were discovered last week, buried in the back patio of a Panamanian hotel owned by Cortez. Hughes had been missing since March.

Authorities say the arrested couple have given names different from the suspects.

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