Remains Found in National Park Identified as Gaithersburg Woman

Joanna Michelle Amaya. Via FBI.

Remains found at a national park in Frederick County have been identified as those of Joanna Michelle Amaya, 21, of Gaithersburg, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Amaya was also known as Dior Reyes.

The FBI said Amaya was recovered June 12 after hikers discovered a portion of her body in Catoctin Mountain Park. The remains were determined to be Amaya’s and she was identified to the public on Thursday.

The cause of death has not yet been determined. The FBI’s Baltimore Field Office seeks information.

Amaya was discovered wearing a black tracksuit, wrist guard and red Nike shoes. She was found with a Puma handbag and set of keys with an El Salvador keychain. Anyone with relevant information is asked to call the FBI’s toll-free tip line at 1-800-225-5324. People can also leave a tip online or contact their local FBI office.

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Maryam Shahzad

About Maryam Shahzad

Maryam is a reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She graduated from the University of Maryland in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism. Previously, she was an intern with MCM. She can be reached at or on Twitter @maryam_mcm.


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