Body found in Costa Rica ID'd as Carla Stefaniak

American Carla Stefaniak had been vacationing with her sister-in-law in Costa Rica

He maintained that the body still needed to be fingerprinted before they made an official announcement.

Caicedo said the owner of the Airbnb told him a security guard watched his sister get into a vehicle with her bags at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Stefaniak, 36, was on a trip to celebrate her birthday with her sister-in-law and friend, April Burton.

A missing Miami woman was confirmed dead Tuesday after her body was found near the Airbnb where she was staying in Costa Rica, government officials said.

Blood was found inside the apartment.

Stefaniak's brother flew down to Costa Rica on Friday to search for his sister. She was supposed to return home from San Jose on November 28 but never showed up for her flight, her family said on a GoFundMe page.

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That led them to search the area around the department, where the bound the body, which was covered with plastic bags.

In an interview, family friend Greg Zwolinsky talked about the main concerns and questions that the family had about Stefaniak's disappearance. She told him she was thirsty and was going to get water.

The two texted each other via WhatsApp throughout the day that Tuesday, Burton said, until Stefaniak suddenly stopped responding to her messages that evening. The last text from Stefaniak came in around 8 p.m. On November 27, Burton flew back home, and that same night, Stefaniak went missing.

A man was arrested in Costa Rica Tuesday (Dec 4) over the suspected murder of a U.S. tourist who has been missing for a week, police said.

"All the data we've compiled points to this being her; however, we want a determination that is more precise, more technical and more scientific", said Espinoza.

Meanwhile, the lawyer representing the complex that houses the Airbnb told ABC Action News they were "deeply saddened and devastated by the tragic events that occurred last week" and said that the owners were cooperating with authorities.

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He lived in the same Airbnb where Stefaniak was staying.

Local 10 News reporter Trent Kelly spoke to Stefaniak's co-workers Tuesday at the insurance office in Dania Beach where she works.

"The person detained for the homicide was near her, had chances to commit the act and became a suspect through all our investigation", said Espinoza.

Airbnb said it has offered its support to Stefaniak's family as well as law enforcement.

"It's raining hard, power went off. We will update everyone as soon as we know".

"It was her birthday, and it makes me feel really bad". She dropped off her sister-in-law at the airport the day of the 27th, then headed to her room in Escazu, where she would spend the night before leaving in the morning for the mid-day flight on Wednesday.

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Both Caicedo and his wife, who had been traveling with Stefaniak, are skeptical she would leave that early because her flight wasn't scheduled until more than eight hours later.

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