The murder occurred on October 27, in the property owned by the victim. Photo La Nacion
The murder occurred on October 27, in the property owned by the victim. Photo La Nacion

Q COSTA RICA NEWS – Authorities report the arrest of a 21-year-old man suspected of the murder of Estelle Marie Clare Jeanne, a 50-year-old French hotelier, in the town of Punta Uva.

Estelle Marie-Claire Jeanne had been living in the town of Punta Uva for six years, where she owned and ran the Pachamama Jungle River Lodge, in Punta Uva de Cahuita, Limón, where she was killed on October 27.

The man captured is Murillo, a native of Limón and a neighbor of Hone Creek, is believed to have acted with two accomplices who are being sought, said the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ).

On October 27, assailants entered the hotel — empty of guests at the time — tied up Jeanne and asphyxiated her. Her body was found lying on the ground the next day by one of her employees.

Police believe the assailants’ motive was robbery, noting that a computer, a tablet and a cellphone were stolen.

The Pachamama Hotel is located eight kilometres south of Puerto Viejo, near the entrance to the Gandoca-Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.

Source La Nacion


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