Family Says Body Found In Costa Rica Is Missing Florida Woman

Lester Mason
December 6, 2018

She was seen leaving the Airbnb with her luggage around 5 a.m. local time and getting into a different auto, despite having scheduled the Uber to come pick her up later in the morning, the Herald reported.

Airbnb removed Villa le Mas - a compound with seven vacation apartments - from its site and said Wednesday that it had reached out to family members to offer condolences.

A dead body found in Costa Rica has been identified as a missing Florida woman, a report said.

"He said her phone died", Burton said last week, "and that was the last we heard from her".

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.

"Words can not express the devastation within her family and friends", said the announcement on "Finding Carla", a Facebook page where relatives have shared updates since her disappearance. "We want the world to know that we will never forget Carla", the post on Finding Carla says.

'We will never forget the joy she brought into our lives, how much she made us laugh. "May god bless her soul", the post said.

Before the identity of the body was confirmed, Stefaniak's father Carlos Caicedo told WSVN the family was distraught over the discovery.

Authorities said Martinez was staying in a room next to Stefaniak and that the information he gave to police "demonstrated a lot of inconsistency". Pictured above is the AirBnb rental where she was staying.

Authorities added an autopsy confirmed that Stefaniak's cause of death was due to head, neck, and other injuries, according to a prior report.

Stefaniak dropped their rental auto off at the airport and took an Uber for a tour around San Jose before checking into the Airbnb.


Blood is also believed to have been found in his nearby apartment.

Security guard Bismark Espinosa Martinez, 32, was arrested in the slaying after he contradicted himself in statements to police, the department said Wednesday.

"That's when we knew that something's not right", she said.

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. Officials say that Martínez had the time and space to commit this crime and became a suspect because of the investigation.

The killing of a 36-year-old South Florida resident who was vacationing in Costa Rica is raising concerns about travel to what was once considered the safest destination in Central America.

On Nov. 27 - her birthday - Stefaniak's sister-in-law returned home; the two women had booked different return flights on different days.

A day before she went missing, Stefaniak dropped Burton at the airport and returned their rental auto.

"It's pretty sketchy here", she wrote in a text.

"She was a very nice neighbor - really big smile, friendly girl", neighbor Joseph Rivelli said. She said she planned to ask one of the Airbnb security guards for water.

Bugra Demirel of Tallahassee, said in a telephone interview that Stefaniak, who was an insurance agent, loved to travel and post photos on Instagram. That was the last conversation she's known to have had with anyone she knew.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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