Father confirms body found in Costa Rica is missing Florida woman

Carla Stefaniak found half-buried near Airbnb she had rented

American Carla Stefaniak went missing in Costa Rica.
American Carla Stefaniak went missing in Costa Rica. (Courtesy April Burton via CNN)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – The father of a Florida woman who went missing while celebrating her 36th birthday in Costa Rica has identified her body, found near the villa she rented.

A posting on the "Finding Carla " Facebook page says Costa Rican authorities allowed the family to view her body, which was found Monday half-buried and covered in plastic near the Airbnb villa that Carla Stefaniak, of Miami Beach, had rented last month.

The Tampa Bay Times reports an autopsy found stab wounds on her arms and neck, and the cause of death was determined to be a blow to the head.

On Tuesday, Costa Rican officials arrested 32-year-old Bismark Espinosa Martinez, a guard at the Villa Buena Vista resort near San Jose, Costa Rica. Investigators say blood was found in his nearby apartment.

UPDATE : Around 11:30pm on 12/05, Costa Rican Authorities finally allowed the family of Carla to see the body. Carla’s...

Posted by Finding Carla on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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