4 December 2018
Investigators found the body of a woman in a wooded area on Monday, while authorities combed the area looking for Miami resident Stefaniak. Costa Rican authorities have yet to confirm if they belong to Stefaniak. U.S. media reported that traces of blood were found in the flat where she was staying while on holiday.
Relatives also told U.S. media that she had travelled to Costa Rica on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate her 36th birthday but had not been heard from since Tuesday. No arrests have been made in the case.