The brother of an American tourist whose body was found buried in plastic bags behind the Costa Rican Airbnb where she was vacationing said he shook hands with her alleged killer while trying to track her down.
“This guy shook our hands, looks us in the eyes, he tells his fake story," Carlos Caicedo, brother of slain Carla Stefaniak, told CNN. "And we couldn't feel anything from this guy. Like, I just can't believe it."
Friends and family last heard from Stefaniak around Nov. 27 or 28 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.
It was supposed to be a joyous trip as she celebrated her 36th birthday.
Soon after missing her return flight to Miami, Caicedo traveled to San Jose, Costa Rica to look for his missing sister.
While searching for his sibling, Caicedo met and spoke with Bismarck Espinoza Martinez, 32, a security guard for the apartment complex where Stefaniak's rental unit was located. Martinez lived in a apartment adjacent to where Stefaniak was staying.
He was arrested in connection with Stefaniak's death after her body was found Monday. She had been stabbed and suffered a blow to the head, according to police. Investigators believe her death was likely sexually motivated.
"How coldhearted can you be?" Caicedo told CNN. "And such a monster, because you have to be something else, man, to do something like this."
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