Last Day in Paradise
Carla Stefaniak, 36, of Miami was celebrating her birthday in Costa Rico with She traveled to Costa Rica on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate her birthday with her sister-in-law, April Burton, but decided to stay an extra day after Burton returned to Florida on Nov. 27, the family said.
Stefaniak was killed in an apartment she was staying in the Costa Rican capital of San Jose, and her partially-nude body was found covered in dirt nearby, officials said at a news conference Wednesday.
An autopsy found that she was stabbed in the neck, that her neck was broken and that she suffered trauma to the head.
Martinez lived in the room next to Stefaniak’s at the hostel, officials said. He was arrested after testimony he gave investigators didn’t match surveillance footage or other witness statements, Espinoza. Martinez had been in the country since June, Espinoza said.