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Body found near the property where missing Florida woman was staying in Costa Rica

Manuela Cardiga
Dec 05, 2018
02:49 A.M.

An unidentified body has been found in Costa Rica, close to where a missing Florida tourist was staying.

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Carla Stefaniak, 36, was enjoying a holiday in Costa Rica with her sister-in-law, April Burton when she went missing.

Burton left Costa Rica on November 27, 2018, and Stefaniak was supposed to fly back to Miami the next day, but she never arrived at the airport for her flight, reported NBC News on December 4, 2018.

Costa Rica authorities launched an investigation into Stefaniak's disappearance and searched the area surrounding the Airbnb where she had been staying.

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BLOOD WAS FOUND IN CARLA STEFANIAK'S ROOM

Police found blood in Stefaniak's room, and soon after an unidentified body was found partially buried in plastic bags behind the Airbnb.

On December 3, the director general of the Costa Rica law-enforcement agency Walter Espinoza, stated that the decomposing body appeared to be a woman's who had died of head trauma but had yet to be positively identified as Stefaniak.

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The last contact anyone had with Stefaniak was in the evening of November 27, when she spoke to a friend on Facetime and told her that a rainstorm had cut the power to the Airbnb.

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A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION WITH A TRAGIC END

Stefaniak who had been celebrating her 36th birthday in Costa Rica was said to have taken an Uber to the airport for her return flight to the United States, but she never boarded the plane.

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BODY WAS IDENTIFIED AS CARLA STEFANIAK

On December 4, the body found close to the Airbnb was identified as Carla Stefaniak.

The last contact anyone had had with Stefaniak was in the evening of November 27, when she spoke to a friend on Facetime and told her that a rainstorm had cut the power to the Airbnb.

Stefaniak told her friend that she was thirsty and was thinking of asking the Airbnb security guards if they could buy her some water. No-one saw Stefaniak alive again.

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MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH STEFANIAK'S MURDER

Walter Espinoza, head of Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department, announced that a suspect in connection to the death of Carla Stefaniak has been arrested.

The suspect is a 32-year-old Nicaraguan national who worked at the Airbnb as a security guard. Bismarck Espinosa Martinez made conflicting statements to the police and told officers that Stefaniak had boarded an Uber to the airport when all the forensic evidence indicated she had not left her room alive.

Investigators surmise that Stefaniak has exited her room to ask Martinez for water and was subsequently attacked and murdered by the security guard.

The case is still under investigation, and further details of the case will be revealed.

In a related story, a pregnant Chicago postal worker is still missing after two months of intensive searches and investigations.

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