The Trip To Panama
Kris Kremers and Lisanne Froon were students from Amersfoort in the Netherlands.
For six months, the pair had spent their time planning and anticipating a trip they hoped would change their life for better.
Little did they know it would bring their young lives to a tragic end. The trip was partly a vacation and a service trip.
They planned to hike the Panama jungles, tour the scenic country, and volunteer with the local children.
Part of their plans included teaching arts and crafts and learning Spanish.
For two weeks, the two had hiked around the Panamanian jungle. It was a part of a backpacking mission trip.
They would live with their host family in Panama for four weeks while volunteering at a local school.
On April 1, 2014, the two girls left the host family’s home. Little did their host family know they would never see them again.
On a fateful day, Kris and Lisanne went to take their host family’s dog for a walk.
Before leaving, they had posted on Facebook their intentions of touring the local village.
In their post, they also said that they had brunch with two Dutchmen before the hike.
Witnesses said the two women were dressed in light clothing, as the day was sunny.
They only had Lisanne’s small backpack. That same night, their host family sensed something was wrong when their dog returned alone.
Kris and Lisanne never made it back. The family searched for the two girls around their home but were unsuccessful in tracing the girls. They decided to wait for the next morning to alert the authorities.
The Search Begins
The next day after the girls’ disappearance, they did not show up to meet a local tour guide who would take them on a private walk tour of Boquete.
That’s when their host family alerted authorities. Their official search began with an aerial search of the forest.