Body of Missing Tourist Carla Stefaniak Found in Costa Rica?

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Carla Stefaniak, a Venezuelan-born resident of Florida, had traveled to the Central American country to celebrate her birthday with a relative.

On Tuesday, a family friend said they had waited all day outside the morgue to identify the body, only to be turned away by officials who maintained investigators needed more time.

Her brother Carlos Caicedo said he spoke with the property owner about what his security guards told him about Stefaniak's departure.

Her sister-in-law, April Burton, said she last heard from Stefaniak around 8 p.m. last Tuesday.

Authorities in Costa Rica said a body found near an Airbnb matches that of Carla Stefaniak, a USA tourist who went missing five days ago, CBS Miami reports.

Investigators said they found blood in Espinoza's apartment.

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 auto rental. A Gofundme account said she was last heard from around 8 p.m. on November 27 and she didn't show up for her 1 p.m. flight home the next day. She didn't show up for her 1 p.m. flight home on November 28. It was discovered partially buried in plastic bags in a mountainous area. "Her mom is absolutely devastated. Her family members are going to Costa Rica to try to find her, and any donation will help them in their search", the description read.

According to Gardner, Stefaniak texted her family updates and photos throughout the late afternoon.

Stefaniak also apparently spoke to her friends via a Whatsapp group chat and told them the power had gone out during a rainstorm.

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On Tuesday Costa Rican officials arrested 32-year-old Bismark Espinosa Martinez, a guard at the Villa Buena Vista resort near San Jose, Costa Rica.

"All the data we've compiled points to this being her; however, we want a determination that is more precise, more technical and more scientific", said Espinoza.

"As a outcome of this tracking, at midday we found the decomposing body of a person and according to preliminary investigations it's the body of a woman", stated Chief Walter Espinosa of the Costa Rican Judicial Police force.

The body was found Monday near a rental home where Carla Stefaniak stayed.

The State Department is working on the case and are awaiting the results of an autopsy. "She is very active on social media, and for her, on the day of her birthday, to never log in to any of those accounts is just insane".

The remains contained stab wounds in the neck and other areas, as well as injuries consistent with having been hit in the head, Espinoza said.

"Hope is the last thing you've got to lose", she said. Caicedo said something didn't add up because his sister's flight was scheduled for 1:30 later that day and she was "never early for anything".

An avid user of social media, Stefaniak stopped all communication the night she checked into the Airbnb.

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