The Costa Rica police said Wednesday that the brutal killing and burial of a South Florida woman visiting the country…
The Costa Rica police said Wednesday that the brutal killing and burial of a South Florida woman visiting the country may have been sexually motivated and that the suspect in her mysterious disappearance will soon receive a murder charge.
In one of her The latest messages at home, Carla Stefaniak, a 36-year-old insurance agent from Hallandale Beach, commented on the “sketchy” atmosphere of her rented Airbnb apartment in a secluded suburb just outside San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital.
It was stormy, the power went out and during a face-to-face conversation between her and a friend, Stefaniak mentioned that she asked a security guard to buy her some water, according to a timeline for her last day in Costa Rica to NBC News.
After entering the country on November 22, she was last heard from the night of November 27th and did not embark on a scheduled flight to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport the following day.
000 yards from where she lived. The advanced disintegration of her body indicated that her death took place several days earlier, Costa Rica authorities said on Wednesday.
Carlos Caicedo, Stefaniak’s father, told WFTS television in Tampa that he believes his daughter had tried to defend himself and that her fight was long. He identified his daughter’s body in Costa Rica morning on Tuesday evening.
“I suppose Carla fought,” he said. “[They] the jugulary and then [attacked] will head after.”
Autopsy findings showed that Stefaniak died of “neck, head and extremity damage” and also showed that she was injured by any type of weapon, said Walter Espinoza, Head of Costa Rica’s Investigation Department, also known as OIJ. He noted that the case is still under investigation and that the FBI is also investigating.
Police on Monday evening took Bismarck Espinosa Martinez, a 32-year security guard in the apartment building where Stefaniak had stayed. He became a main suspect after leaving contradictory statements to the police when he last saw her.
“He presented many contradictions,” said Espinoza of OIJ. “From that moment on he was suspected.”
Marco Peraza, a criminal analyst with OIJ, said Wednesday that Martinez could soon face a murder charge. He has not been officially charged, but remains.
“He was imprisoned as suspect, and he was handed over to the ministry with a report,” he said. “The public ministry will present prosecutors to the tribunals.”
The authorities are likely to hold him for three months, and then he could be formally charged, said Peraza.
Investigators will conduct further tests to confirm their theory that the crimes were sexually motivated, Espinoza said in the Costa Rica justice department.
The body was found close to her apartment, Villa Buena Vista, in a forest area of San José’s remote Escazu suburb. Espinoza said the rural crime scene made the investigation more difficult. The police have not yet located Stefaniak’s luggage or other belongings.
“We found that in the apartment she lived there were traces of blood,” said Espinoza on Wednesday, explaining how the search and rescue service became a murder investigation. “And it meant a violence. We have identified a suspected [now] in preventive detention.”
Airbnb has removed the entire complex, known as Villa Le Mas, from its listing, Associated Press reported on Wednesday.
Stefaniak, who worked at a Dania Beach Insurance Agency, celebrated his birthday in Costa Rica with his grandson, April Burton. She released Burton at the airport in Costa Rica on November 27th and planned to fly out the following day, her birthday.
But she never came to Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and her birthday text messages and Facebook posts went unanswered.
Since her disappearance, thousands of people gathered online to help her find her; hashtag #FindingCarla began to circulate.
“It’s officially”, a Facebook post was published on Wednesday at the Finding Carla Profile, drawn up by their loved ones. “Words can not express the devastation of her family and friends. We want the world to know that we will never forget Carla. We will never forget the joy she brought in our lives, how much she made us laugh. always to be with her and we know she’ll always be with us. “
Her friends and family said they would remember her contagious sense of humor.
“As much as I want to cry, I can not but laugh,” said longtime friend Greg Zwolinski in the WFTS TV interview. “She always infected me with laughter forever. It does not matter how bad my day was. “
Stefaniak, who emigrated from Venezuela to Tampa in 2000, moved to South Florida in 2012.
She was a traveler who liked to send pictures on her excursions. She visited Iceland, Switzerland and Rock City Gardens in Georgia Stefaniak’s last post on Instagram – a photo of her posing poolside in a bikini – came on November 25.
“I’ll miss the place,” she wrote.