Hostel security guard arrested after American woman's body found in Costa Rica

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    Hostel security guard arrested after American woman's body found in Costa Rica

    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/hostel-se...hes-costa-004504599--abc-news-topstories.html

    A security guard at the hostel where an American woman was staying during her last night in Costa Rica has been arrested in connection with her death, local authorities said Tuesday.

    Carla Stefaniak was last heard from on Nov. 27, the night before her 36th birthday, her family told ABC News. The Miami resident traveled to Costa Rica on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate her birthday with her sister-in-law, April Burton, but decided to stay an extra day after Burton returned to Florida on Nov. 27, the family said.

    Late Tuesday, Stefaniak's family confirmed that a body found decomposing in a wooded area about 1,000 feet away from her hostel in San Jose indeed was hers.

    Bismarck Espinoza Martinez, a 32-year-old Nicaraguan security guard who lived in the room next to Stefaniak's at the hostel, has been arrested after testimony he gave investigators didn't match surveillance footage or other witness statements, Walter Espinoza, director of Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department, told reporters on Tuesday. Martinez had been in the country since June, Espinoza said.

    Stefaniak's family and friends last spoke to her on the night of Nov. 27 right before her phone died around 9 p.m., according to a timeline the family provided to ABC Tampa affiliate WFTS.

    A couple hours before, Stefaniak had sent a message to a group chat on WhatsApp saying it was raining heavily and that the power went out, describing the situation as "Super Sketchy."

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    Man convicted of killing Florida woman at Costa Rica Airbnb sentenced to 16 years

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    A resort guard was convicted of killing a Florida woman who was vacationing in Costa Rica to celebrate her birthday and sentenced to 16 years in prison Monday.

    Bismark Espinoza Martínez was also ordered by a judge in San José, Costa Rica, to pay $50,000 in damages to the family of Carla Stefaniak, 36, who had traveled with her sister-in-law from her home in Hallandale Beach to Costa Rica, according to NBC South Florida.

    Stefaniak's family was not happy with the sentence, according to a Finding Carla Facebook page. "The family & friends are devastated by the news and they will need some time. This has been a long exhausting year and to end up here is heartbreaking all over again," a post said Tuesday.

    The family had sought the maximum sentence of 50 years, The Associated Press reported.
     

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