Resort Security Guard Arrested After Florida Woman Found Dead Near Her Airbnb in Costa Rica
Carla Stefaniak flew to Costa Rica planning to celebrate her 36th birthday in style. She booked the tropical Villa Le Mas resort via Airbnb for her final night before the flight back home to Miami—but she never made it to the airport.
In retrospect, perhaps the TripAdvisor reviews offered a clue. One review warned that the place was “scary” and another that it was like a prison. “This place is a nightmare,” one reviewer wrote in part. “I fled before the end of my stay and contacted the police… The gates were closed at night and I felt like a prisoner.”
On Monday, sniffer dogs uncovered Stefaniak’s decomposing body one week after she disappeared on the vacation with her sister-in-law April Ontonieta Burton, who Stefaniak left at the San Jose airport on November 27. Stefaniak planned to spend an extra day on her own before returning to Florida 24 hours later. Instead, she was found partially buried and covered with plastic bags in a mountainous area on the grounds of of the resort. The security guard has been arrested in connection with her murder.
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Author: By Barbie.Nadeau@thedailybeast.com (Barbie Latza Nadeau)