December 10, 2018

Body found in Costa Rica thought to be missing Florida woman

07 December 2018, 02:14 | Devin Moran

American Carla Stefaniak had been vacationing with her sister-in-law in Costa Rica

American Carla Stefaniak had been vacationing with her sister-in-law in Costa Rica

Espinoza said the images in the video did not align with statements made by the building's security guard, a 32-year-old Nicaraguan who police detained for further questioning. Martínez has been in Costa Rica since June 2018. "Exercise normal precautions in Costa Rica". He will spend at least the next three months behind bars.

Officials in Costa Rica, however, said they are still waiting on a fingerprint match from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to officially confirm the identification.

Meanwhile, Stefaniak's family are now on their way to the Central American country. But when Stefaniak never got off the plane on Wednesday, her family knew something was wrong.

Jaime said they knew something was off about the guard's story, so they checked her work computer for Uber receipts there were two from November 27, the trip from the airport and the trip around downtown.

"Words can not express how shocking and devastating this is to her family and her friends", Antonieta wrote on Facebook.

Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department (OIJ) identified the body as that of 36-year-old Carla Stefaniak, who went missing during her vacation in San Jose on the night of November 27.

Authorities on Monday said they discovered the body near the area where Stefaniak was staying.

Stefaniak has been missing for more than a week after travelling to Costa Rica with her sister-in-law April Antonieta.

Burton returned to the US after five days. "I do feel guilty because I left early", Burton told Fox13.

Stefaniak's family and friends, who live in Tampa, had not heard from her since she texted them from her Airbnb rental Tuesday night to say the power was going in and out. "She is very active on social media, and for her, on the day of her birthday, to never log in to any of those accounts is just insane".

Her body was found by cadaver dogs on Monday partially buried in the ground and covered with plastic bags behind the apartment complex that housed her Airbnb. She left the day before her sister-in-law and told CBS News "it seemed so safe" when they were together. Stefaniak had also checked into the flight, Jaime said, which she always did. Her phone reportedly died at about 9:00 p.m. However, it came back on for a brief moment after midnight.

Security guards at the Airbnb told Stefaniak's family that she got into an unknown vehicle early Wednesday morning with her luggage, Fox 13 reported.

Family members said this didn't add up. "She's only 20 or 30 minutes from the airport", Burton said. Burton said it didn't make sense.

Stefaniak has been missing for more than a week after traveling to Costa Rica.

"I saw everyone arrive", she said.

Since her disappearance, thousands of people gathered online to help find her; the hashtag #FindingCarla began to circulate. "We are trying to be strong". Airbnb told CBS News it has no comment, and Uber said it will assist local authorities.

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