The news comes amid media reports that police in the Central American country are looking into whether a body found in a suitcase is that of a missing Ottawa man.
The reports say 68-year-old Ed Moynan went missing from his Panama home in November and the suitcase was found in a nearby national park.
Ottawa has not identified the deceased but says it is providing consular assistance to the person's family.
The department says consular officials are also in touch with local authorities.
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