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  HOME | Central America

Murder of U.S. Couple in Costa Rica Under Investigation

SAN JOSE – Police on Saturday were probing the murder of a Cuban-American married couple at a luxury beach condominium on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast.

Detectives found the body of 76-year-old Alfredo Espinoza in the living room and the corpse of 64-year-old Tania Espinoza in the bathroom of the residence.

Both had been gagged and had their hand ties and plastic bags covering their heads, but no gunshot or knife wounds were discovered.

Officials said the initial investigation indicates that robbery was not the motive for the killings, which occurred on Jaco Beach some 120 kilometers (75 miles) west of San Jose.

A local police officer told the press that a neighbor found the bodies Friday and alerted the authorities, but the homicide is believed to have happened on Thursday night.

The police say there are few clues to the motive behind the crime, noting that apparently the only item missing in the condominium was a laptop computer.

Authorities still do not have information about the couple’s activities in Costa Rica – a popular destination for U.S. retirees – and said only that they traveled on several occasions to Miami.

They also are unaware if the couple had children or relatives in the Central American country.
 

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