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Missing Dana Point woman's former boyfriend arrested, indicted in disappearance

Yvonne Baldelli is seen in an undated file photo. Her former boyfriend Brian Brimager was arrested and indicted Thursday, June 27, 2013 in her disappearance.

June 28, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A retired Marine has been arrested in the disappearance of his former girlfriend, who went missing after the two moved to Panama.

Brian Brimager was arrested and indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday in San Diego in the disappearance of Yvonne Baldelli.

Baldelli went missing in November 2011 when she left a restaurant with Brimager. Prosecutors believe he killed Yvonne Baldelli two months after they moved to Panama and dumped her body in the ocean near their cottage.

Brimager has not been charged with murder, but he does face obstruction of justice charges involving alleged actions to cover up the crime.

Investigators say Brimager sent emails to Baldelli's family and withdrew money from her bank account to make it look like she was still alive.

If convicted on all counts, Brimager could face life in prison.