Costa Ricans arrest resort guard in death of Florida woman

06 Décembre, 2018, 18:40 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Carla Stefaniak

The killing of Florida tourist Carla Stefaniak in Costa Rica was sexually motivated, according to local authorities.

Miami resident Carla Stefaniak went missing in Costa Rica while she was on vacation to celebrate her 36th birthday. She was seen leaving the Airbnb with her luggage around 5 a.m. local time and getting into a different vehicle, despite having scheduled the Uber to come pick her up later in the morning, the Herald reported.

Officials later found a partially buried body in woods near the Villa le Mas complex and identified it using fingerprints, the country's Judicial Investigation Department said.

Martinez is expected to spend the next three months behind bars on what's known as a preventive sentence in Costa Rica.

The guard contradicted himself in statements to police.

Stefaniak's family confirmed overnight that her body was the one found Monday in a mountainous area behind the Airbnb she was staying at.

Costa Rican officials arrested 32-year-old Bismark Espinosa Martinez, a guard at the resort near the Costa Rican capital.

Martinez is reportedly from Nicaragua and had been in the country since June, according to authorities.

Authorities believe it was Stefaniak but have not officially identified the remains, they have said. The following day, Stefaniak's family launched an all-out search, blanketing social media with missing person fliers, as her brother flew to San Jose to meet with investigators.

Costa Rica had always been spared the violence that plagued its Central American neighbors, but the country has seen a jump in homicides in recent years.

Jaime had planned to pick up Stefaniak after her flight and take her out for a birthday dinner, she told the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

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Her last Instagram photo was on November 25. "I'm going to miss the place", she wrote.

On Nov. 28 - her birthday - Stefaniak did not board her scheduled flight home and family members grew anxious when she didn't respond to messages wishing her a happy birthday.

The complex where Stefaniak had been stayed is temporarily closed, a lawyer for the site told CNN affiliate WFTS. "Stefaniak then took an Uber to an Airbnb about 30 minutes from the airport".

Demirel said she texted a friend that it was "raining crazy" and the power was out.

Carla Stefaniak, of Miami, was celebrating her 36th birthday, Fox13 reported.

She had checked into her 1pm flight but never made it to the airport.

Stefaniak's friends and family are left wondering why anyone would want to harm her. But then he changed his story, according to Costa Rican media, and authorities scrutinized the details more. Her father caught a flight from Tampa International Airport on Monday.

"'I'm just gonna go ask the guards to buy me a bottle of water.' He says that her phone died, and that's it", Burton recalled, adding: "That's the last we heard from her".

The Tampa Bay Times reports an autopsy found stab wounds on her arms and neck, and the cause of death was determined to be a blow to the head.

"We will never forget the joy she brought into our lives, how much she made us laugh".

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