Costa Rican police say there was a ‘sexual motive’ behind security guard’s murder of American tourist from Florida who came to a tragic end in her Airbnb
The last time any one heard from Carla Stefaniak she told friends she was going to see the suspect, a security guard at the hostel she was renting through Airbnb, to get water
Authorities said the killing was sexually motivated after Carla Stefaniak’s body was found on Monday half-buried in plastic at the back of the rental property in San Jose, Costa Rica
Security guard Bismark Espinosa Martinez was taken into custody Tuesday in connection with her death
The victim told a friend in a FaceTime call last Tuesday she was planning to meet up with the security guard to ask him to buy her water because it was storming
She vanished while celebrating her 36th birthday in Costa Rica, a week her father confirmed that a body found near the Airbnb she was renting belonged to his daughter
An autopsy found stab wounds on her arms and neck, while the cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma to the head
Police in Costa Rica said the murder of American tourist Carla Stefaniak [left] was sexually motivated. Security guard Bismark Espinosa Martinez, [right] was arrested Tuesday in connection with her death
Police in Costa Rica said the murder of a Miami woman found dead this week outside the Airbnb she was staying at was sexually motivated.
Director of the country’s Judicial Investigation Department, Walter Espinoza, said at a press conference Wednesday his team believes the motive behind the killing of Carla Stefaniak, 36, was ‘sexual’.
Security guard Bismark Espinosa Martinez, 32, was arrested Tuesday in connection with her mysterious death. The victim’s body was found half naked and covered in plastic bags in the back of the San Jose property Monday.
Stefaniak told a friend in a FaceTime call last Tuesday – when she vanished – that she was planning to meet up with the guard to ask him to purchase water because it was storming badly.
That was the last the friend heard from her before her phone battery died around 9pm.
Stefaniak also told her sister-in-law in a text the Airbnb was ‘pretty sketchy’. She said it was raining and the power was going out.
Police in Costa Rica said the murder of Miami woman Carla Stefaniak found dead this week near the Airbnb she rented out was sexually motivated. Security guard Bismark Espinosa Martinez, 32, was arrested Tuesday in connection with her death.
Martinez, a security guard at the villa where Stefaniak was staying, was arrested on Tuesday in connection with her slaying. Police said the killing was sexually motivated
The missing woman’s father identified her body late Tuesday. Stefaniak’s tearful dad Carlos confirmed the identity after the body was found Monday, a day after she vanished last Tuesday.
A posting on the ‘Finding Carla’ Facebook page set up by her family said Costa Rican authorities had finally allowed her father to view her body.
‘Words cannot express the devastation within her family and friends. We want the world to know that we will never forget Carla,’ the tribute post read.
‘We will never forget the joy she brought into our lives, how much she made us laugh.
‘We will always be with her and we know she will always be with us. May god bless her soul.’
An autopsy found stab wounds on her arms and neck, while the cause of death was determined to be a blow to the head.
Investigators found blood inside the Airbnb where she was staying. Blood is also believed to have been found in his nearby apartment.
Authorities said Martinez had been staying next door to Stefaniak and that he gave contradictory statements during questioning.
Her family have been on the ground in Costa Rica since she vanished and have been helping local authorities. Speaking on behalf of the family, Stefaniak’s father Carlos [left] confirmed late Tuesday that the body was that of his daughter. The grieving dad, wept as he discussed her killing on GMA alongside family friend Greg Zwolinksy
Costa Rica police investigate disappearance of Carla Stefaniak at the Airbnb rental where she was staying in San Jose, Costa Rica before a security guard at the rental murdered her
Martinez told Stefaniak’s family that he saw her leaving the Airbnb with her luggage at about 5am on November 28 and getting into an unknown car.
Her family said it didn’t make sense because her flight wasn’t until the afternoon and the airport was only 30 minutes away from where she was staying.
Espinoza said officials had analyzed surveillance video from the apartment complex.
Espinoza said the images in the video also did not align with statements made by the security guard.