Partially buried body wrapped in plastic is found in Costa Rica during search for Florida woman who went missing from her Airbnb a week ago
Costa Rica’s Justice Investigation Dept searching for missing Carla Stefaniak on Monday found a woman’s body, partially buried and covered with bags in backyard of Stefaniak’s Airbnb rental
The body was found in the back of the rental property in San Jose, which Stefaniak described in a text message to her sister-in-law as being ‘pretty sketchy’ the night she vanished
Stefaniak went to Costa Rica with her sister-in-law, April Burton, to celebrate her 36th birthday, but Burton took a flight home the day before Carla
The birthday girl dropped Burton off at the airport to board a flight home the day before, on Nov 27, Carla was expected to follow the next day
Carla never showed up to her 1pm flight the next day, leading her family to fear she has been kidnapped – and
April said Carla texted her around 8pm that the power was out in her Airbnb and it was ‘pretty sketchy’ – that was the last she heard from the missing woman
Her family, convinced Carla was kidnapped, traveled to Costa Rica
An Uber driver, Airbnb host and guards all claimed she was last seen getting into an unknown car with her luggage at 5am the morning of the flight
The family believes the stories do not match up
Miami resident Carl Stefaniak [photo], went down to Costa Rica to celebrate her 36th birthday. She vanished from her Airbnb on Nov 27, hours before she was due to return to her family in Florida
Officials in Costa Rica have not confirmed that the body is that of 36-year-old Carla Stefaniak, who has not been seen or heard from since last Tuesday.
According to the country’s Justice Investigation Department, the body was found in the back of the rental property in San Jose, which Stefaniak described in a text message to her sister-in-law as being ‘pretty sketchy’ on the night of November 27.
Carla [right], flew down to Costa Rica with her Her sister-in-law April Burton [left], seen enjoying their vacation together in Costa Rica, who took a flight home the day before. They were last texting around 8pm on November 27. She was reported missing on the morning of Nov 28
Carla Stefaniak went to Costa Rica with her sister-in-law to celebrate birthday and has been missing since November 27. On Monday, police searching for Stefaniak recovered a body
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The remains had been partially buried and covered with plastic bags, reported NBC6.
According to the Spanish-language news site crhoy.com, specially trained K9 dogs participating in the search for Stefaniak led police to a woman’s body in the Escazu neighborhood at around noon local time on Monday.
Stefaniak traveled to Costa Rica with her sister-in-law April Burton last week to celebrate her 36th birthday and was due to fly home to Hallandale Beach alone Wednesday, the day after she dropped April off at the airport.
Carla checked into her 1pm flight, but never showed up to the airport the next morning, November 28.
Her family and friends say they have not heard from her since Tuesday at 8pm when she texted her sister-in-law from the Airbnb to say it was raining and the power was going out – a scene she described as ‘sketchy’.
Now her family are on the ground in Costa Rica, working with local authorities and questioning any witnesses as they believe Carla has been kidnapped.
She then took an Uber to an Airbnb about 30 minutes from the airport. It was the same Uber that drove Carla sightseeing and shopping for the afternoon.
According to family spokesperson Katie Gardner, Carla texted her brother’s wife updates and photos throughout the afternoon until she got back to the Airbnb.
‘Last time we heard from her was 11/27 around 8pm when she said it was raining crazy and power went out,’ April said in an Instagram post in a desperate plea to find her sister-in-law.
‘She continued with ”It’s pretty sketchy here,”’ April said.
April then said she texted Carla to wish her a happy birthday at midnight but received no response.
The next day, April got a call from Carla’s friends saying they had wished her a happy birthday but also got no response.
That’s when they discovered Carla had never boarded her flight back home.