Body found near missing USA woman's last Costa Rica location

Leroy Wright
December 7, 2018

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. By Tuesday afternoon, officials said the body appeared to be Stefaniak, but as of Wednesday morning, they are still waiting for a fingerprint analysis to be completed.

The owner of the Airbnb told Carlos Caicedo, Stefaniak's brother, a security guard saw his sister on the morning of her flight, getting into a auto at 5 a.m. local time (6 a.m. EST).

Officials said Monday that dogs discovered a body in the backyard of the villa Stefaniak rented from AirBnB during her trip with her sister-in-law to celebrate Stefaniak's 36th birthday.

Authorities in Costa Rica say that a body has been found on the Airbnb property where missing Florida woman, Carla Stefaniak, 36, was staying.

"In her apartment, we found blood", Espinosa said.

The Finding Carla Facebook page was created by her family and has been used as a place to share information about the Miami woman, who was reported missing on November 28.

Stefaniak's family and friends, who live in Tampa, did not hear from her after she texted them from her Airbnb rental on the night of November 27 to say the power was going in and out. Relatives raised the alarm after she stopped texting and telephoning home and was not on her return flight from Costa Rica, where she had been vacationing.

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.

According to Burton, the last thing they knew about Stefaniak was that she was inside that Airbnb on the night of the 27.

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A 32-year-old man was arrested for her murder, the station said. "We know she was abducted".

Martinez was on the "security team" for the AirBnB complex Stefaniak was staying in, according to a statement made by Walter Espinoza, director general of the investigative agency in the Stefaniak case.

On Nov. 29, Costa Rican police put out an appeal for anyone who may have seen or had contact with Stefaniak to come forward.

Her family said they are skeptical of that story, however. Stefaniak had also checked into the flight, Jaime said, which she always did.

The case took a dark turn when a partially-concealed body was recovered near the Airbnb on Monday, but authorities waited for the results of an autopsy before revealing the identity.

"We are really really hoping it (is not her)", said Hallandale Beach resident Laura Jaime, Stefaniak's best friend and former roommate.

Both Caicedo and his wife, who had been traveling with Stefaniak, are skeptical she would leave that early because her flight wasn't scheduled until more than eight hours later.

That same night, she was Facetiming with a friend in NY when the call dropped about 9pm.

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