Body found after United States woman goes missing in Costa Rica

Carla Stefaniak

Carla Stefaniak

Stefaniak traveled to Costa Rica to celebrate her 36th birthday, according to the family.

Espinoza said the organization has sent fingerprint samples to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for absolute confirmation of the body's identity.

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

Costa Rican authorities have discovered a body near the area where USA resident Carla Stefaniak disappeared last week.

Espinoza added that authorities found stains in the Airbnb apartment where Stefaniak was staying that were "compatible with blood", though they are conducting further testing.

For one, the sister-in-law who had traveled with Carla to Costa Rica told the media Carla was not to getting up early in the morning, especially since her flight was not until 1 pm that day. The last time Burton spoke to Stefaniak, she told her that it was raining insane and the power went out.

Stefaniak was supposed to return home from her birthday trip on Wednesday.

That led them to search the area around the department, where the bound the body, which was covered with plastic bags.

Friends said she sent photos of herself out on the town and she bought a purse and earrings.

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"None of us really believe this 5 a.m. story because it really doesn't make sense", Burton told Tampa's Fox 13 News.

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

Witnesses supposedly saw Stefaniak leaving the Airbnb around 5 a.m. with her luggage and getting into an unknown vehicle, according to the Miami Herald.

Burton returned November 27 because of a prior engagement with her husband.

On Tuesday, investigators arrested 32-year-old Bismarch Espinosa Martinez, a security guard from the villa where Stefaniak was staying, classifying the death a murder case. "We want the world to know that we will never forget Carla", the post on Finding Carla says. Greg Zwolinski, a friend of the family, who was in Costa Rica trying to communicate with the authorities, said the family's requests had been rejected twice.

"This is a complex case, and it's a hard case", Espinoza said.

The Miami Herald reported that Stefaniak immigrated to the United States from Venezuela in 2000 and works for a Miami insurance agency. "Stefaniak then took an Uber to an Airbnb about 30 minutes from the airport", said Katie Gardner, the family's spokesperson. "That's the last we heard from her".

"'I'm just gonna go ask the guards to buy me a bottle of water.' He says that her phone died, and that's it", Burton said. Ms Stefaniak had planned to fly back to the U.S. the following day but never arrived for her flight.

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

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