Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Family identifies body found in Costa Rica as missing USA woman

Family identifies body found in Costa Rica as missing USA woman

Carla Stefaniak of Florida spent the night at the Villa le Mas, near San Jose, on November 27. 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.

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

Late Tuesday, in an emotional Facebook post, her family said that Stefaniak's father had confirmed the body found was his daughter's.

"Costa Rican Authorities finally allowed the family of Carla to see the body", reads a Wednesday morning message on the Finding Carla Facebook page.

"Carla's father confirmed that the body belongs to Carla".

"Words can not express the devastation within her family and friends", a post on the "Finding Carla" Facebook page said.

"We will make sure this case is not closed like many others in Costa Rica", said a post on a Facebook page that has been updated by a family friend.

'We will never forget the joy she brought into our lives, how much she made us laugh. Here's what we know so far about what happened.

"May God bless her soul". Investigators said blood was found in his nearby apartment.

The remains of Carla Stefaniak, 36, were discovered near the Airbnb where she had been staying in the Central American country, reports the New York Post. Pictured above is the AirBnb rental where she was staying.

An autopsy showed Stefaniak died from blunt force trauma to the head and had several stab wounds around her neck.

Family Identifies Body Found in Costa Rica as Missing Florida Woman Carla Stefaniak

According to CNN, a partially decomposed body was discovered on December 3, about 1,000 feet from the Airbnb where she was staying.

On Monday night around 11 p.m., OIJ officials detained a security guard at the apartment complex, 32-year-old Bismarck Espinoza Martínez.

The Facebook page, set up to search for the missing tourist who was believed to have been kidnapped, also revealed it would not stop posting and following up on the story, which has garnered worldwide attention. "We know she was abducted". "Stefaniak then took an Uber to an Airbnb about 30 minutes from the airport".

"The person linked to this homicide was close to her and had the time and place to commit this crime", said government spokesman Walter Espinoza.

Almost a week had passed since Stefaniak's relatives and friends in Florida embarked on an worldwide search after she failed to return from her birthday celebration in Costa Rica.

Stefaniak had taken the trip with her sister-in-law, however her sister-in-law had to return home a day earlier than expected.

After Stefaniak was reported missing, agents began to investigate where she was last seen.

She also said the power had gone out and she was thirsty.

The Airbnb owner and local security guards told the family the same story.

After Stefaniak failed to board her November 28 flight to Florida, the family discovered a troubling detail: she had checked in for her flight on the 26th.

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