A body has been discovered during a search for an American tourist who mysteriously vanished while celebrating her birthday with a trip to Costa Rica. Although the remains have not yet been identified, they were found not far from where Carla Stefaniak, 36, was staying.
The body was found buried in plastic bags behind the San Jose Airbnb where Stefaniak was vacationing, a rental that the Miami resident had her qualms about.
Her last known communication came on Nov. 27 when she told friends and family that the power in her rental was going in and out. “It’s pretty sketchy here,” she wrote,” according to CBS News.
The body was found by cadaver dogs, Marisel Rodríguez Solís, spokeswoman for the agency investigating the disappearance told CBS News on Monday. The body appears to be female, police said. However, that has not been confirmed yet. Investigators also reportedly found blood inside the Airbnb.
Witnesses supposedly saw Stefaniak leaving the Airbnb around 5 a.m. with her luggage and getting into an unknown car, according to the Miami Herald.
“The Uber driver arrived around 8 a.m. to pick up Stefaniak but could not find her,” Katie Gardner, a spokesperson for the family told the Miami Herald. “However, her family says the story does not make sense since her flight was not until that afternoon and the airport was only 30 minutes away. And since she had already used that Uber driver the day before, why would she have called a different Uber?”
Stefaniak was supposed to return home from her birthday trip on Wednesday. She never did and by the next day, police in Costa Rica opened an investigation into her disappearance.
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