The father of a Florida woman who disappeared while on vacation is now confirming his daughter is dead
Carla Stefaniak's father Carlos (with family friend Greg Zwolinsky) confirmed late Tuesday that the body was that of his daughter.
According to wtsp reports,Costa Rican authorities allowed Stefaniak's family to see the body around 11:30 p.m. CT Tuesday.
Stefaniak was 36 years old.
"Carla’s father confirmed that the body belongs to Carla. It’s now official," the Facebook post reads. "Words cannot express the devastation within her family and friends.
According to goodmorningamerica reports,Bismarck Espinoza Martinez, a 32-year-old Nicaraguan security guard who lived in the room next to Stefaniak's at the hostel, has been arrested after testimony he gave investigators didn't match surveillance footage or other witness statements, Walter Espinoza, director of Costa Rica's Judicial Investigation Department, told reporters on Tuesday. Martinez had been in the country since June, Espinoza said.
Authorities had said earlier this week the body "preliminarily corresponds" to Stefaniak. An autopsy determined the cause of death as "stab wounds around the neck and extremities," Espinoza said. The body also had a blunt force trauma injury to the head.
The US Embassy in Costa Rica said it had no comment to give on the investigation.