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    American tourist Carla Stefaniak (36) was murdered in Costa Rica by a security guard at the AirBnB that she was staying at

    https://www.wfla.com/news/hillsborou...ays/1630441852

    A Riverview family is desperate to find a loved one who vanished during a birthday trip to Costa Rica.

    Carla Stefaniak, 36, of Hallandale Beach, was supposed to fly home on her birthday, Nov. 28, but she never returned.

    Stefaniak and her sister-in-law, April Burton, of Riverview, flew to Costa Rica to celebrate Stefaniak?s birthday.

    Burton had to fly home one day earlier than Stefaniak.

    Stefaniak was supposed to get on a plane to fly home to Miami at 1 p.m. the next day, but that never happened.

    Burton said she initially wasn't worried when she did not hear from Stefaniak that morning and thought her sister-in-law may have slept in.

    "We just want her back. We want her to come home. That's it," Burton.

    Burton said she has contacted the Miami FBI, the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica and Senator Marco Rubio?s office about Stefaniak?s disappearance.
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    The brother of a missing tourist has flown to Costa Rica to search for her.

    It was supposed to be a birthday trip full of memories, sunshine and adventure. But then Carla Stefaniak just vanished.

    "It just doesn't make sense, she wouldn't do that," said April Burton her sister-in-law.

    Stefaniak's flight back to Florida was scheduled one day after her Burton's but she never showed up.

    "You want to try to stay positive but there's no explanation for why she wouldn't reach out to someone," said Burton.

    Today the Organismo de Investigaci?n Judicial, or OIJ, in Costa Rica confirm they're investigating. They are circulating flyers with her picture requesting leads.

    "As soon as I got to Costa Rica I broke down because I couldn't believe that I was here but now I feel very confident," said Carlos Caicedo speaking from an airport in the Central American country.

    Caicedo is refusing to sit without answers. He's retracing her steps. He last heard from Stefaniak on Tuesday after she took an Uber to her San Jose Airbnb and snapped a picture of her room.

    Costa Rican authorities say someone saw her leave the next day early in the morning, many hours before her flight. Tonight, her family is imagining the worst.

    "Of course dead ? that's, of course, the worst. Second worst would be human trafficking. She's already somewhere in Honduras, Nicaragua," said Caicedo.

    The state department says they're aware of the case. A spokesperson tells ABC Action News:

    "The U.S. Department of State and our embassies and consulates abroad have no greater responsibility than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas. When a U.S. citizen is missing, we work closely with local authorities as they carry out their search efforts. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment."

    Meanwhile, Caicedo says he'll stay as long as it takes.

    "We have to keep going, there's no going back for any reason," said Caicedo.

    ABC Action News reached out to Uber and Airbnb about this case. Uber got back to us and told us they're looking into it.

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    I hope they find her. It's really not a good idea to be in a foreign country by yourself imo. Things can be easily covered up and I don't think those countries really give to much of a shit about a missing American. It's like they look for a whole hour or so and then just stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lily Rivers View Post
    I hope they find her. It's really not a good idea to be in a foreign country by yourself imo. Things can be easily covered up and I don't think those countries really give to much of a shit about a missing American. It's like they look for a whole hour or so and then just stop.
    Yep. No one has ever visited the US alone and ended up going missing. Not one time.

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    https://www.wfla.com/news/hillsborou...ory/1635482621

    The family of Carla Stefaniak, 36, who disappeared while on vacation in Costa Rica, tells 8 On Your Side's Gabrielle Shirley the investigating agencies in Costa Rica have found new evidence that she was kidnapped.

    Authorities said they can not discuss the details. They also believe the authorities have some sort of surveillance video in their possession.
    April Burton is Carla's sister-in-law. The two of them took the trip together. Burton gave us the videos but she says she can hardly watch them.

    “It is really hard because I do, at the end of the day, I do feel guilty because I left earlier,” says Burton, “So you start doing those, ‘What ifs?’”

    Burton flew home on Tuesday because she had an obligation on Wednesday. She says Carla stopped responding to her on Tuesday night.

    “I told her, ‘I think my flight is delayed,’ because I had a layover in Fort Lauderdale and she said, ‘That sucks!’ and that is all I heard from her and that was at 8:54 p.m.,” Burton tells us.

    Burton knows Carla made it to the Airbnb in San Jose but she does not know what happened to her after she went silent. According to another friend, Carla was thirsty so she went to ask the guards on the property for water. The guards are telling a different story.

    “We just know she has been abducted,” says Burton. “There is no reason for her not to have any contact with anyone. It has been five days.”

    Carla's brother, Carlos Caicedo, is currently in Costa Rica retracing his sister’s steps. He visited that Airbnb. He tells us what the guards shared with him.

    “She went there the night before and left at 5 a.m.,” says Caicedo, “Everything is gone. She left with everything on hand.”

    The family does not know who she could have been meeting at that hour. She also had an afternoon flight so they doubt she was heading to the airport.

    Now, they are taking to social media pushing for the United States to get involved in the search for Carla.

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    Weird. Are they saying the guards deny she ever approached them asking for water? Because that seems a bizarre & unnecessary thing for her to lie to a friend about. I guess they could've questioned the wrong guard about it but at this point the guards sound a little suss

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    https://www.local10.com/news/body-fo...sappeared-from

    Body has been located -- no positive ID yet.


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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBeWithMe View Post
    https://www.local10.com/news/body-fo...sappeared-from

    Body has been located -- no positive ID yet.
    Damn, her poor family. Wonder what happened...


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    Uggh. That sux




    Whoa. She was buried out the back of her AirBnB??


    Which guard said she never came for water & was instead seen leaving the property with all her belongings at 5am?
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    I knew the 5 am sighting was a lie. I wonder if it as a robbery gone wrong?

    I would be scared to be by myself in another country, but that's just me.

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    It's not the being in a foreign country that is scary to me, it's the largely unregulated industries like Airbnb, Uber, etc. I'm sure there are plenty of people that think I am just old and out of touch, but based on the horror stories I hear in one of my rental groups (where some of the people rent their homes as Airbnb) all parties involved are really putting themselves at risk. Hell, all the crazy stories we have on MDS should make you think twice about Uber/Lyft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    It's not the being in a foreign country that is scary to me, it's the largely unregulated industries like Airbnb, Uber, etc. I'm sure there are plenty of people that think I am just old and out of touch, but based on the horror stories I hear in one of my rental groups (where some of the people rent their homes as Airbnb) all parties involved are really putting themselves at risk. Hell, all the crazy stories we have on MDS should make you think twice about Uber/Lyft.
    Definitely agree with you on this. I have a few friends that drive for Uber and Lyft and they haven't had anything suer scary happen yet, but plenty of customers who were real weird and freaked them out. One has even had a couple try to pay her to come back to their place one night for a threesome.

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    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...an-who-n943661

    A 32-year-old security guard at the Airbnb complex where missing Florida woman Carla Stefaniak was staying has been arrested, authorities said Tuesday.

    Stefaniak's brother and father meanwhile were in Costa Rica to identify whether a body found near the woman’s Airbnb is hers.

    Bismarck Espinosa Martinez was taken into custody around 11 p.m. Monday after investigators said his story “demonstrated a lot of inconsistency” and did not match up with security footage.

    Walter Espinoza, director general of the investigative agency in the Stefaniak case, said in a recorded statement Tuesday that the suspect was staying in a room next to Stefaniak’s and is connected to the security team.

    He said investigators searched the man's room. When they searched Stefaniak’s room, they found blood.
    Investigators using cadaver dogs found a body Monday partially buried in plastic bags near the Airbnb.Espinoza said Tuesday it seems to be Stefaniak's body, but that authorities must still compare fingerprints, which is being coordinated with the FBI.

    An autopsy found that the body had stab wounds in the neck and other areas, and injuries consistent with being hit in the head, Espinoza said.

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    So if it's just this one guy, why did multiple other people on the AirBnB staff back up his story & insist she left with all her belongings at 5am?

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    The Stefaniak family say they have spoken to the Uber driver, Airbnb host and security guards who all say they saw Carla leaving the Airbnb with her luggage around 5am and getting into an unknown car.

    'The Uber driver arrived around 8am to pick up Stefaniak but could not find her,' Gardner said. '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.'

    According to NBC News, Carla had a FaceTime call with a friend and mentioned that she might ask a security guard at the Airbnb to buy her water because of the storm.

    She was last seen online on WhatsApp at 8.20pm before her phone died at 9pm. She has not been online or posted since.
    This timeline description is really confusing me

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    Quote Originally Posted by catastrophe View Post
    This timeline description is really confusing me
    Yeah me too. It could make sense if the Uber driver wasn't grouped with the ones that saw her leave at 5am.

    Unless they're all in on it in some way & they fucked up their cover stories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catastrophe View Post
    This timeline description is really confusing me
    I?m wondering if she felt comfortable with that one Uber driver and that?s why she continued to use that one instead of chancing using a different one...I know when I was in New Orleans I had a few really creepy Uber drivers so once I found a good one, I continued to use the same driver the rest of my trip..I?m wondering if she requested the Uber driver pick her up early bcz the Airbnb was sketchy and she would rather wait at an airport than stay there any longer??

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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/travel/new...id=mailsignout

    Detectives who interviewed people who had contact with the suspect, Espinoza Martinez, before Stefaniak went missing on November 28 grew suspicious when they noticed his statements were contradictory, Espinoza, the government spokesman, told reporters.

    Espinoza Martinez had been staying in the apartment next to Stefaniak's rental, the spokesman said. The suspect is a Nicaraguan national who has been in Costa Rica since June.

    Espinoza Martinez was arrested Monday and is in jail because he is a flight risk, the spokesman said.

    An autopsy on Stefaniak showed multiple stab wounds to the "neck and upper extremities," as well as blunt force trauma to the head, the spokesman said.

    Authorities also found stains inside the apartment where Stefaniak was staying, "which are compatible with blood and which will be submitted to further investigation and comparison," he said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Poor girl, she endured a vicious attack

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    https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/21/ameri...bnb/index.html

    The family of Carla Stefaniak, a woman killed last month at a resort in Costa Rica, has filed a lawsuit in a Florida court against Airbnb and the apartment complex where she stayed.

    The complaint alleges Airbnb and Villa le Mas contributed to Florida tourist's death by employing and giving access to all units in the resort to security guard Bismarck Espinosa Martinez, a Nicaraguan immigrant who has been arrested in Stefaniak's death.

    The suit also alleges Airbnb and Villa le Mas were negligent because they failed to perform a background check on Martinez, who, the suit says, lacked documentation and legal authorization for employment.

    "We reached out to provide support to them during this unimaginably difficult time. We have also been in contact with Costa Rican and American law enforcement authorities, and we are standing by to support their investigation, as justice must be served quickly," Airbnb said. "The Villa Le Mas has been removed from the platform."

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    I really like services like Uber and AirBnB, but I always choose to ?share? details when I use them. It?s not foolproof, but I guess it does help a bit...

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    "We reached out to provide support to them during this unimaginably difficult time. We have also been in contact with Costa Rican and American law enforcement authorities, and we are standing by to support their investigation, as justice must be served quickly," Airbnb said. "The Villa Le Mas has been removed from the platform."
    Too little, too late.

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