Florida Woman Carla Stefaniak Found Dead in Costa Rica, Homicide Investigation Opened

07 December, 2018, 14:18 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • American Carla Stefaniak had been vacationing with her sister-in-law in Costa Rica

Radar readers know Stefaniak travelled to San Jose to celebrate her birthday with sister-in-law April Burton.

OIJ found the body Monday afternoon near the Airbnb property where Stefaniak had been staying when she went missing November 27 in San Antonio of Escazú, San José. The body was wrapped in plastic bags and half-buried in a mountainous, wooded corner of the resort's property. Carlos Caicedo, Carla's father, had his blood drawn Tuesday to help determine whether the body belonged to his daughter.

Chief Espinoza said that the body had stab wounds in the neck and other parts of her body, and that her injuries were "consistent with being hit in the head".

In a Spanish-language press conference later that day, Judicial Investigation Department General Director Walter Espinoza said his team is still working to match the body's fingerprints to Stefaniak's, but said "everything indicates that it is the victim".

Her brother flew to Costa Rica last week to assist authorities in the search.

Witnesses supposedly saw Stefaniak leaving the Airbnb around 5 a.m. with her luggage and getting into an unknown vehicle, according to the Miami Herald. "We don't know why the media is announcing the identity of the body or what Costa Rica officials are trying to do by not allowing the family to view the remains before announcing anything".

"We are all still waiting for confirmation", reads a Tuesday message on the Finding Carla Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the lawyer representing the complex that houses the Airbnb told ABC Action News they were "deeply saddened and devastated by the tragic events that occurred last week" and said that the owners were cooperating with authorities.

Martinez was staying in Apartment 7 and Stefaniak was in Apartment 8, where blood was found, Espinoza said.

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"[She said, ] 'I'm just going to ask the guards to buy me a bottle of water, '" Burton told FOX 13 News last week.

Earlier, police said they had discovered a female body "in a state of decomposition" near where Stefaniak was last seen. She was staying at a villa she found on airbnb. In recent years, reviews have been mainly negative.

The last time anyone heard from Stefaniak was the night of November 28, according to April Burton, her sister-in-law.

"He tried to Facetime her twice and he couldn't get through", Jaime said.

"I have hope that the body found is not my daughter's", he told reporters before his worst fear was confirmed.

"Carla is very communicative". She also texted that it was pouring rain and that the power was out.

"She's a great person". "Nothing happens there. That's why she picked Costa Rica, ironically".

Carlos Caicedo, Stefaniak's brother, said the owner of the Airbnb told him a security guard saw his sister get into a vehicle with her bags at 5 a.m. the morning of her flight.

"Her flight wasn't until 1:30".

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