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Crofts murder still under investigation

Crime & Punishment By TERRY SMITH for the Idaho Mountain Express - The U.S. State Department confirmed Monday that police in Panama continue to investigate the murder earlier this month of former Hailey resident Kim Crofts. "Right now the Panamanian police are still investigating," said Steve Royster, a spokesman for the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs. "Our embassy officers down in Panama are in touch with the police that are investigating." Crofts, 55, was killed by multiple gunshot wounds at his home in Bocas del Toro in northeast Panama the evening of Sept. 12. He and his wife Mary Austin Crofts had lived in Panama for about four years. Austin Crofts has reported that Crofts was killed by an intruder and attributed the intrusion to an attempted robbery. The investigation is being conducted by the Judicial Investigation Directorate, often referred to as the DIJ, an agency within the National Police of Panama. National Police spokesman Eduardo Lim Yueng told the Idaho Mountain Express last week that five men have been "detained" for investigation into Croft's death. No additional information has been received by the Express from police in Panama. "We are saddened to learn that Mr. Kimberly Crofts, an American citizen, was killed in Bocas del Toro in Panama," Royster said. "We at the State Department in Washington and the Embassy in Panama extend our condolences to the family. Our officers at the American Embassy in Panama provided assistance to Mr. Crofts' family in Panama." Royster further said that the State Department expedited procurement of passports for members of Crofts' family in the U.S. to enable them to travel to Panama.
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