Body found in Costa Rica identified as missing Miami woman, authorities said

Adjust Comment Print

Carlos Caicedo, the father of missing Carla Stefaniak, arrived in Costa Rica Monday night to verify if the body found on Monday is his daughter.

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.

Radar readers know Stefaniak travelled to San Jose to celebrate her birthday with sister-in-law April Burton.

Costa Rican authorities believe a partially decomposed body found Monday is Carla Stefaniak, a 36-year-old United States citizen who was reported missing last week, said Walter Espinoza, of Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department.

Investigators found blood inside of Stefaniak's room and on the property of the AirBnB she was staying at, BBC World News reports.

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 vehicle rental. Relatives have said she checked in for a return flight to Florida on November 28 but never boarded the plane. It is the last day family members heard from her.

In an interview Sunday, Stefaniak's brother, Mario Caicedo, said he believed his sister had been kidnapped or abducted.

The two texted each other via WhatsApp throughout the day that Tuesday, Burton said, until Stefaniak suddenly stopped responding to her messages that evening.

Burton told CBS News this week that a rainstorm appeared to knock out the power at Stefaniak's Airbnb.

Costa Rica's government spokesperson Walter Espinoza said the guard was identified as 32-year-old Bismarck Espinosa Martinez, a Nicaraguan who immigrated to Costa Rica in June.

India centurion's surprising new role on Day 2
Opener KL Rahul, who has been struggling for runs, flopped again, caught by Aaron Finch at third slip off Hazlewood for two. Australia's pace bowlers had threatened to dominate day one of the series-opening test on Thursday.

SpaceX Sends Cargo Ship To International Space Station But Booster Landing Fails
There will be plenty of room on board for all the tiny nematodes. "All told , another great day for SpaceX and NASA". On Dec. 3, SpaceX flew a different "block 5" rocket for the third time, landing it successfully for future re-use.

Jose Mourinho on Diogo Dalot's performance for Manchester United vs Arsenal
Their firepower was badly missed, as Liverpool labored in the first half and went behind early in the second. Chelsea and Arsenal were tied on 31 points in fourth, still eight clear of United in eighth.

"As far as we know, she came out at 5am, the security guard opened the gate". He said the body belongs to a woman and was found half-buried and covered with plastic bags.

"The family has yet to see the body and they were in the process of securing dental records for the examiners!" says a post on Finding Carla Facebook page.

Investigators performed an autopsy Tuesday, and plan to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to match fingerprints to formally confirm the body belongs to Stefaniak.

"Since 2013, Villa Le Mas has operated a small vacation rental facility located at San Antonio, Escazu, Costa Rica".

"This is a complex case, and it's a hard case", Espinoza said.

"Six o'clock, still haven't heard from her", Burton said.

"At midnight Eastern time, Burton texted Stefaniak to wish her a happy birthday but did not receive a response", Gardner said. "We checked her email and she did not take an Uber at 5.10am".

The FBI is expected to be involved in the fingerprint testing as Costa Rican detectives work to make a definitive identification.

"Her flight wasn't until 1:30".

The night prior to her flight, Stefaniak took an Uber ride around the town and was dropped off at her Airbnb.