Tuesday 22 June 2021

American pensioner and his Tica partner the couple killed in Atenas fire

Firefighters discovered the charred bodies during a routine call to put out a brush fire in Atenas

(QCOSTARICA) A retired American lawyer and his Costa Rican sentimental partner are the two who were murdered on Sunday, May 3, and dumped in a charral (brush) that was set on fire in Atenas, Alajuela.

This is the entrance to Vista Atenas residential in Sabana Larga de Atenas, where the murdered couple lived. Photo courtesy of Diario 5 Atenas.

The information was released on Sunday by the Organimso de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ).

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On Saturday, the OIJ raided the victims’ house, which is located in the Vista Atenas residential in Sabana Larga. There, they detained four people – three men and a woman – who reportedly had taken over the house. The woman was the victims’ domestic servant (maid).

The OIJ raided the house were the victims lived. Photo courtesy of Diario 5 Atenas.

Authorities did not disclose the identities of those involved as their investigation continues.

Diario 5 Atenas identified the American as “James” and his sentimental partner as Bianca Mena Sibaja. Photo courtesy of Diario 5 Atenas.

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The American is a native of Nevada County, California. According to his Facebook profile, he had a romantic relationship with a 30-year-old Costa Rican from Escazú, since April 2019.

The OIJ reported that they are awaiting autopsy results to determine the exact identity of the deceased. The man is said to be between 55 and 60 years old, had a pacemaker, a knew replacement and surgery on his left shoulder.

The American and his sentimental partner had been reported missing since the end of April.

The presumption is that the couple was killed in another place and they were taken to the charral where they were set on fire to destroy any evidence and delay their identity.

The vehicle presumed to have been used to move the bodies from the murder scene to the charral. Photo courtesy of Diario 5 Atenas

“According to the preliminary data we have from the autopsy, we are talking about a homicide and the possibility that they have been executed in a different place from the one we found them,” Walter Espinoza, director of the OIJ, said on Wednesday.

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Photo courtesy of Diario 5 Atenas

The couple’s murder was discovered on Sunday, May 3, at night when firefighters were called to a fire in a charral in Calle Arredondo.

Héctor Chaves, director of the Bomberos said, at that time, that a unit was dispatched at 8:45 pm to the site to put out a brush fire, not an uncommon call during the dry season, and while putting out the fire, firefighters discovered the body of a “practically charred” man.

Police took control of the scene after the charred bodies were discovered. Photo courtesy of Diario 5 Atenas

Then at 8:59 pm, they found the other corpse.

Freddy Rodríguez Aguilar, Atenas fire chief, added that the bodies were three meters apart.

This was the exact place where yesterday they burned a couple.

The closest houses to the charral are about 200 meters from the mango farm. To reach the charral, there is a trail, explained the area fire chief.

 

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