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Missing tourist Carla Stefaniak's body identified in Costa Rica

Missing tourist Carla Stefaniak's body identified in Costa Rica”

The body was found Monday, half-buried and covered with plastic bags in a mountainous area behind the Airbnb where she was staying.

Espinoza said all data gathered indicates the body is Stefaniak's; however, investigators are waiting to compare fingerprints from the body with Federal Bureau of Investigation records and noted dental and DNA records may be used to definitively identify the body as Stefaniak if fingerprints are not conclusive.

Authorities also say they have detained a suspect in the case.

According to relatives, Stefaniak was celebrating her birthday in Costa Rica with her sister-in-law, April Burton.

The body of a woman was found in Costa Rica, days after American tourist Carla Stefaniak went missing, and Costa Rican authorities said blood was found in Airbnb apartment where she was staying.

An autopsy completed Tuesday determined the body initially matches Stefaniak, but investigators still need to complete a final verification, said Walter Espinoza of the country's Judicial Investigation Department.

Ms Stefaniak's loved ones went to Costa Rica to look for her.

The last time anyone heard from Stefaniak was the night of November 28, according to April Burton, her sister-in-law. "Alarmed, they discovered Stefaniak had never boarded her flight home, which was scheduled for departure around 1 p.m. on November 28".

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". Before the call dropped she said to him, 'I'm thirsty.

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

The property in which Carla Stefaniak a tourist from the United States was renting an apartment through Airbnb. Duncan Anderson  The Tico Times
The property in which Carla Stefaniak a tourist from the United States was renting an apartment through Airbnb. Duncan Anderson The Tico Times

Mario Caicedo, a brother of Stefaniak, Mario Caicedo, is in Costa Rica.

Her sister-in-law, April Antonieta, wrote in a Facebook post that on the day she went missing that Stefaniak had taken an Uber from Thrifty auto rental.

Her brother, Mario Caicedo, told NBC News that Stefaniak checked in for her flight back to the United States on November 28 but she never boarded the flight.

"Super sketchy", she wrote on a WhatsApp group chat.

The investigation remains ongoing.

Since 2013, Villa Le Mas has "received over as 1,000 guests with wonderful reviews about the property and our service", Federico Jenkins, attorney for the complex, said in a statement. However, an Uber driver she scheduled to pick her up still showed up at 8:30 a.m. Jaime said. Later that night, all communication stopped.

Stefaniak's co-workers said she was an excellent employee who could get along with anyone.

Burton told CBS News this week that a rainstorm appeared to knock out the power at Stefaniak's Airbnb. He said, "To be totally honest...we didn't get vibe that something had happened". "Nothing happens there. That's why she picked Costa Rica, ironically".

According to authorities, investigators raided his apartment, Apt.



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