QCOSTARICA – Running home after (allegedly) committing his gruesome act did Adrian Salmeron Silva in, his own father handing him over to the Nicaraguan police after the small remote community of Comarca, where he was staying in the home of his uncle, learned of what he had done in Costa Rica.
Despite reports of being seen in Costa Rica and a police raid in Heredia on Wednesday, the only suspect in the Matapalo massacre, had returned home almost immediately (allegedly) murdering five people in Guanacaste.
Residents of Comarca told Alvaro Sanchez of Telenoticias, Costa Rica’s channel 7 news, on location in Nicaragua, he had been there for four days before he was in police custody Friday afternoon.
Comarca is in an area close to the Momotombo, an active volcano, erupting twice yesterday (Sunday).
Several of the residents interviewed by Telenoticias said they were surprised of Salmeron had done, cautious in their words, not to say too much on camera.
“He wasn’t hiding, he was here, around us,” one residents told Sanchez. Asked if he knew what his neighbour had done, one resident said he had heard the news. Click here for the Telenoticias report Monday morning (in Spanish).
Costa Rica authorities scurried over the weekend, delivering Sunday night the international arrest warrant for the man who took the lives of American, Dirk Beauchamp (57), Dirk’s wife, Jessica Duran (39), and three of their children aged 12, 8 and 6.
Two other children in the house at the time of the attack survived, being cared for in hospital. The four year-old survivor is the child of Dirk and Jessica, the seven month-old is believed to be fathered by Salmeron, who was having an extra-marital affair with Jessica.
Salmeron is currently being held in the infamous El Chipote Nicaraguan prison and is expected to be before a court this morning, Monday, where a judge will decide if he will be held for trial of set free.
Under its constitution, Nicaragua cannot extradite its citizens, but, its Criminal Code allows the country to try one of its own for crimes committed abroad.