Body Found In Costa Rica Near Where Florida Woman Vanished

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

Espinoza told WSVN that all data gathered in the case shows the body is her's, but officials are waiting to compare the fingerprints with Federal Bureau of Investigation records.

Ms Stefaniak, who was born in Venezuela but has lived in Miami since 2000, travelled to Costa Rica with her sister-in-law, April Burton, on 22 November.

The body of a woman was found in Costa Rica, days after American tourist Carla Stefaniak went missing, and Costa Rican authorities said blood was found in Airbnb apartment where she was staying.

Espinoza added that inside the Airbnb, they also found traces of blood, which have been sent to a lab for testing.

Stefaniak, 36, was reported missing Nov 28 after she failed to return home from her vacation. The last time her family had heard from the victim was November 27, when she wrote in a group chat on WhatsApp till her phone got switched off around 9 p.m. local time. The next day, Stefaniak failed to show up for her flight home and hasn't been heard from since. It was discovered partially buried in plastic bags in a mountainous area. The family is continuing to hold out hope that she is still alive. "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.

The body was found in a wooded area as investigators combed through the region, roughly 1,000 feet away from where Miami resident and Tampa native, Carla Stefaniak, spent what was supposed to be her final night in Costa Rica last week, Judicial Investigator Director Walter Espinoza said in a press conference. There, she Facetimed a friend from NY, telling him she was thirsty and was going to find a drink.

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. "We want the world to know that we will never forget Carla", the post on Finding Carla says.

Authorities are waiting for autopsy results, which could be released Tuesday.

"This is a complex, hard case, and we're doing all that we can within our ability to solve the case", Espinoza said at a news conference.

So Stefaniak dropped off the rental vehicle and Antonieta at the airport, then ordered an Uber to take her to her AirBnB where she planned to stay until her flight the next day.

"'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. I started sending her birthday messages and no-one had heard from her at all.

Authorities in Costa Rica, he is from Nicaragua and worked as a security guard at the vacation rental property where Stefaniak was staying.

The night prior to her flight, Stefaniak took an Uber ride around the town and was dropped off at her Airbnb.

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