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'It's Pretty Sketchy,' American Tourist Texts Family Before Mysteriously Vanishing In Costa Rica
Witnesses say Carla Stefaniak was seen getting into a car with her luggage at 5 a.m., but her family says that doesn't make any sense given her flight schedule.
An American tourist who mysteriously vanished while celebrating her birthday with a trip to Costa Rica - and whose family fears has been kidnapped - sent a text describing her surroundings as "sketchy" before going missing.
Carla Stefaniak, 36, was last heard from on Nov. 27 when she told friends and family that the power in her San Jose Airbnb rental was going in and out.
“It’s pretty sketchy here,” she wrote,” according to CBS News.
Stefaniak, who lives in Miami, was supposedly seen 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?”
"Words cannot express how shocking and devastating this is to her family and her friends. If anyone can help us with this situation, it will be highly appreciated," Stefaniak’s sister-in-law April Burton wrote on Facebook.
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.
“Carla Stefaniak is STILL MISSING,” Burton wrote on Facebook. “I cannot stress enough how crucial it is that we keep sharing her story. We cannot let the authorities forget her and let this go.”
Stefaniak’s brother has flown from Florida to Costa Rica in an attempt to locate his sister.