JAVIER MARTIN: Cruiser Wanted for Two Murders in Panama

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Javier Martin

Looks like we’re going to have open up a Rape & Murder category here on WaveTrain. This time it’s a breaking story: Javier Martin, a Spanish national, is the top suspect in two sailing murders committed recently in Panama, and as I type he is the subject of an international manhunt.

The body of one victim, a French sailor named Jean-Pierre Bouhard, who apparently was shot with a .22 caliber gun, was discovered by divers on February 5, bound and tethered to an anchor. The body of what is presumed to be another victim, an American cruiser named Don North who has been missing since January, has yet to be discovered. But Martin has been connected to both men and both their boats have turned up empty with their names changed. In the case of Bouhard, Martin was seen operating Bouhard’s vessel, a 50-foot aluminum catamaran named Levante, soon after Bouhard disappeared.

The chronology of events is confusing, to say the least, but evidence is accumulating rapidly. If you want to delve into all the many gory details, check out Panama-Guide.com, which is run by an extremely zealous online expatriate journalist named Don Winner, who, by his own account, has been point man in the investigation. Winner has been posting articles about Martin steadily ever since February 10 (last Thursday), soon after he connected with Don North’s nephew, Ezra, who came to Panama looking for his missing uncle.

Don North
Don North, still missing

Meanwhile, here’s the short version: It is known that Martin formerly owned a boat named Twyla, on which he ran a charter service, carrying backpacker tourists between Cartagena, Colombia, and the San Blas islands off Panama. At some point Martin allegedly “crashed” Twyla in the San Blas and lost her. Subsequently he has been identified as having crewed for (or worked as skipper for) both Bouhard and North aboard their boats. Witnesses saw Bouhard and Martin arguing aboard Bouhard’s Levante after Bouhard refused to sell Martin the boat on credit. Martin, apparently, was briefly detained by Panamanian authorities after Bouhard went missing but was released.

Windancer
Don North aboard Windancer

Another boat named Green Twilight turned up empty last Thursday or Friday and was seized by the Panamanian border police. By Saturday it had been positively identified as having been Don North’s boat Windancer. On Saturday Bouhard’s Levante was also discovered in a marina with no one aboard; its name had been changed to Twyss and .22 caliber shell casings were found in its tender. Forensics investigations on the boats were conducted today and will continue tomorrow.

Levante
Twyss ex Levante

All facts and photos here are courtesy of Don Winner and the Panama Guide.

UPDATE: Tuesday Feb. 15… Javier Martin has been arrested by the authorities in Panama. You can watch Don Winner and Ezra North discussing the case on TV at this link here. Warning: You need to speak Spanish to understand what they’re saying! Don North’s body still has not been found.

 

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9 Responses
  1. DON JUAN

    Estos se quieren enriquecer en colombia a costilla de nosotros, y fuera de eso quieren ensuciar la travesia de sailing to panama, haciendo esta mierda, todos los capitanes le deben esto, es el gran pionero, orgullo colobiano a el gran FABIAN con su gran bote “the koola”, todos los capitanes de botes que hacen estas salidas deberian rendirle un gran homenaje este gran paisano orgullasamente, colombiano

  2. say something

    I posted this (below) on another forum and Don Winner now says I am making death threats against him. Do you think there is a mental competency issue here ?

    http://www.panama-Guide.com/article.php/20130323161752676

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    I managed to find these for the purpose of serving court documents. Not sure if anyone has any other addresses to add but is always appreciated.

    Does anyone have his wifes business address ?

    Don Winner’s office address as he lists it on his invoices:

    http://www.panama-guide.com/, Inc.
    Calle D, Edif 17, El Cangrejo
    Panama City, Republic of Panama

    And his home address:
    NUEVO REPARTO EL CARMEN, CALLE C, EDIFICIO VILLAS MEDICI, P-6 A-6A TORRE D

  3. me

    Well can you provide me with the same information that you wanted about him???

    I posted this (below) on another forum and Don Winner now says I am making death threats against him. Do you think there is a mental competency issue here ?

    http://www.panama-Guide.com/article.php/20130323161752676

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    I managed to find these for the purpose of serving court documents. Not sure if anyone has any other addresses to add but is always appreciated.

    Does anyone have his wifes business address ?

    Don Winner’s office address as he lists it on his invoices:

    http://www.panama-guide.com/, Inc.
    Calle D, Edif 17, El Cangrejo
    Panama City, Republic of Panama

    And his home address:
    NUEVO REPARTO EL CARMEN, CALLE C, EDIFICIO VILLAS MEDICI, P-6 A-6A TORRE D

  4. someone

    It is a bad situation that javier was in. That there was a storm and his boat was lost,but to kill the person who saved him is just the lowest thing anyone could do. To take from someone that not only saved his life but also went out of his way to take him to a port that he most likely asked to be taken to, you would think that someone that helped him would have been thanked for what he did for him, not to have killed him for his money and then to pour salt on the wound by degrading his boat by changing the name and then stripping it clean. Well he lost his money maker ie.. his boat and wanted another. But it looks like he found another way to make his money and that was by taking it from others. It is sad that someone takes that path but you don’t know what someone might do when they are put into a situation that they feel they have lost their normal way of life.

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