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Family of Fla. Woman Murdered in Costa Rica ‘Worried' About Investigation

Stefaniak, 36, traveled at the end of November 2018 to celebrate her birthday with her sister-in-law and disappeared a day before her flight back to Fort Lauderdale.

It has been a month and a half since Florida woman Carla Stefaniak was murdered in Costa Rica, and the family of the Venezuelan-American and her lawyers in San Jose are "concerned" about the investigation.

Stefaniak, 36, traveled at the end of November 2018 to celebrate her birthday with her sister-in-law and disappeared a day before her flight back to Fort Lauderdale. Her partially buried body was found in the woods near her Airbnb rental in the San Jose neighborhood of San Antonio de Escazú.

"We are a little worried. We have some doubts about what is happening (with the case)," said lawyer Joseph Rivera in a telephone conversation with Telemundo 51, referring to the fact that the prosecutor has been changed three times and they have not been allowed to visit the place of the murder.

This concern is shared by Carlos Caicedo, father of the victim.

"The Office of the Prosecutor has shown a strange behavior. How is it possible that they have changed the prosecutor three different times? What happens there?" Caicedo said to Costa Rican news outlet Repretel.com.

Rivera also said that they are aware there is "a person's DNA match" at the crime scene, but it is up to the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) to see if it corresponds to Bismark Espinosa Martínez, the security guard who was arrested for his alleged responsibility in the crime.

Rivera, one of the attorneys who represents Carla Stefaniak's family in Costa Rica, said that at least five people participated in the "atrocious murder" and in the burial of the body in a wooded area near the apartment where she stayed in Costa Rica.

"The Office of the Prosecutor shares the thesis that there was more than one person involved in the crime," he added.

Telemundo 51 contacted the OIJ and they assured that the investigation is ongoing.

The family of Carla Stefaniak filed a lawsuit against Airbnb and the Villa le Mas apartment complex for a series of "negligences," such as not having carried out a background check of the security guard, who was "illegally" in Costa Rica.

The owners of the accommodation Le Mas de Provence denied having any employment relationship with the security guard who is being held as the only suspect in the murder of Stefaniak.

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