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Luany was hit man’s girlfriend, reveals OIJ director

(QCOSTARICA) Following accusations by the family of Luany Valeria Salazar for mishandling of the case, Walter Espinoza, director of the Organisno de Investigacion Judicial  (OIJ) was compelled to appear before a legislative commission and had a lot to say. The 23-year-old young woman was stabbed...

10 most wanted In Costa Rica

(QCOSTARICA) Have you seen them? Sección de Capturas del Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) shared the images of the 10 most wanted in Costa Rica. These 10 (9 men and 1 woman) are being sought in connection with crimes of drug trafficking,  robbery, pimping, and...

Criminals set their sights on ATMs

Taking advantage of few people out and desolate streets, criminals set their sights on ATMs, even to obstruct roads with sticks just in case and puncture tires of police cars that could give chase. This was the case last week in Bananito, Limón where ¢61...

Police presence for COVID-19 does not stop homicides in the country

For weeks, there has been a strong police presence on the streets of the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, the stay at home and social distancing, homicides have actually increased compared to last year. According to the director of the Organism of...

Search For Allison Continues; Sunday’s Raid Came Up Empty

She disappeared on March 4. The last piece of information her family has that, on her way home that afternoon, she felt as she was being followed. The trail has gone cold, but her family has been keeping the search alive. On Sunday there was...

Allison’s mother reveals her greatest fear: “I feel like I can’t handle this anymore”

It has been 20 days and Allison is still missing. Yendry Vásquez, Allison's mother hasn't given up, she still continues to search her daughter, who has been missing since March 4 in Ujarrás, Cartago. With a lump in her throat, she claims to continue her...

“OIJ CR Safe” App Provides Safety Advice For Tourists

Costa Rica’s  Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) - Judicial police - have released a mobile phone app(lication) that helps tourists stay safe when visiting the country. The app, called “OIJ CR Safe” - in English and in Spanish - has options for "resident"  and "tourist". For...

OIJ raids massage parlor, and arrests owner

A woman was arrested, suspect of pimping (proxenetismo in Spanish), after agents of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) in Cartago, raided a massage the center of that canton. The OIJ explained that a 39-year-old woman was arrested. The OIJ said it began an investigation...

American intercepted in Santa Ana, whereabouts unknown

(3:47 pm) The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) and Fuerza Publica (National Police) are working to resolve an apparent case of an American being held against their will, in Piedades de Santa Ana, this Friday morning. The investigation is centering on the assumption that a...

Jamaican Brothers Used Costa Rica To Scam Seniors In The U.S.

Two Jamaican brothers were arrested Saturday for setting up a call center in Costa Rica allegedly to defraud seniors in the United States. According to the investigation, the economic damage caused by the brothers, surnamed Levy, amounts to US$350,000 dollars. The arrest was made by...

OIJ Investigate Scene Of Multiple Vehicle Crash On The 27 Wednesday Night

What happened, what was the cause of the accident involving eight vehicles on the Ruta 27 in La Sabana on Wednesday night, are questions agents of the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) tried to find answers to on the site inspection on Thursday. According to...

OIJ warns: if security is neglected tourism and foreign investment will be affected

Although they are aware of the country's complicated situation regarding (police) resources,  judicial authorities are clamoring for the government not to neglect or reduce security budgets, as tourism and foreign investment would be impacted. In fact, both factors are considered as pillars that go hand...

All the police forces now will have access to the OIJ criminal database

The Legislative Assembly approved on Monday bill 20997 that enables all police forces access to the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) criminal database. With this reform the Fuerza Publica (National Police), the Directorate of Intelligence and National Security (DIS), the Drug Control Police (PCD), the...

President of Aldesa Arrested, OIJ Raids Offices and Homes

The president of Aldesa, Javier Chaves Bolaños, was arrested after the Prosecutor's Office for Economic, Tax, Customs and Intellectual Property ordered his transfer from the company's facilities in Curridabat, to the Tribunales de San José (San Jose Courts). At 3:12 pm, the businessman was escorted...

Blow to money laundering: OIJ finds more than US$3 million and detains five people in Chinatown

Costa Rican authorities gave a financial blow on Tuesday to a money laundering gang operating out of Chinatown in the heart of San Jose, seizing US$3 million dollars in cash and arresting five people. The Tuesday raid on Chinatown is linked to a raid on...

Night Carla Stefaniak was killed all hotel rooms were occupied

The night and early morning when the Venezuelan-American tourist, Carla Stefaniak, was killed all the rooms in the Escazú hotel/Airbnb, almost all the rooms were occupied, according to investigators of the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ). The OIJ agents said they have talked to the...

Meet “Koa” The New Canine Agent Of The OIJ

Koa, meaning "brave without fear", is the name of the new Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) agent, receiving more than 4,000 votes in the social networks. Alejandro Castillo and Gustavo Núñez of OIJ K-9 unit thanked the participation of the public. In addition, they detailed...

28 criminals were killed while committing crimes in 2018, A 155% Increase Over 2017

A number never before seen: 28 criminals were killed while committing a crime during 2018. Most cases happened during assaults according to data provided by the Minister of Security, Michael Soto Rojas. Soto explained that in 2017 there were 11 "events" where criminals were shot...

565 Homicides So Far This Year, 58 Are Women

The finding of the body of a woman inside a metal drum raises the homicide rate for the year to 565, according to data provided by the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ). According to the Observatorio de Género del Poder Judicial (Gender Observatory of the...

“I Stayed in Death Apartment”: Airbnb Guest Tells

Visiting from Florida to celebrate her 36th birthday, Carla Stefaniak decided to spend her last night in a mountaintop villa, Le Mas de Prevence, in San Antonio de Escazú, she rented through Airbnb. It would be her last night alive. Carla went missing on November 27. In the morning...

“Nini” Behind Rash Of Attacks On Retailers

"Ninis", young men who neither study nor work and thirsty for cash are behind the rash of assaults on retail stores during the last month. They are mainly men between 18 to 25 years old who are tempted for easy money. They decide to steal...

Man Who Murdered His ‘Significant Other’ in Costa Rica Was Convicted in Nicaragua

After three years on the lam, a Nicaraguan man was arrested and convicted in his country for murdering his significant other in the Guanacaste town of Filadeldia, in Costa Rica. The man was identified as Misael García Calero, sought by Santa Cruz authorities for the...

Missing American Found Lifeless In Shallow Grave, Hands and Feet Tied

Thomas Jeffrey Cook, 62, reported missing since August 23, in Jaco, was on Tuesday found dead, in a 1.5 meter (5 foot) deep grave in the Palmiras de Siquirres, Limon. The American was wrapped in a blanket, wearing shorts and a shirt. The man was...

Former Romanian Minister And Friend Hiding Out in Costa Rica Arrested

Two Romanian politicians with pending cases in their country were detained Wednesday by agents of the Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ) working with the International Police (Interpol). Detained was the Romanians former Minister of Tourism, Elena Udrea, and her friend, former prosecutor of the Directorate for...

OIJ reports increase in number of suicides in Costa Rica

The Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) reports an increase in cases of suicide in Costa Rica. The concern of authorities is that "the victims are getting younger and younger". The statistics of the Judicial Police indicate that during the first semester of 2017 there were 188...

DNA, Skin Traces and Testimonial Evidence Is Conclusive For OIJ In Murder Of Spanish Tourist

The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) confirmed on Monday that they found coincidences between the DNA of a Nicaraguan, of last names Díaz Hopkinss, and the saliva found in the breasts of the Arancha Gutiérrez López, murdered in Tortuguero on August 4. The investigations revealed...

OIJ looking for two missing teens in Heredia

The Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ) - Judicial Police - is asking for help to find two quinceañeras (15-year-olds) reported missing in Heredia. One of the girls is called Yuris Anielka Rojas Marchena, who has been missing since July 28. The other is Karla Patricia...

Woman Detained in Escazú For Prostituting Young Girls She Hired As Massage Therapists

Six women between the ages of 20 and 30, who were offered up for sexual services, were found by agents of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) inside the alleged 'house of massages' raided Wednesday in Escazú. The officers of the Section Against Physical Integrity,...

DIS Security Guard Linked To International Drug Trafficking

A man surnamed Segura Jiménez, 49, a security guard of the Directorate of Intelligence and National Security (DIS) was arrested by the OIJ for being a suspect in international drug trafficking. The arrest occurred on Wednesday morning in San Jerónimo de Desamparados. The operation was...

3 Out Of 10 Murders in Costa Rica Linked To Drugs And Organize Crime

Three out of every 10 homicides since January of this year are linked to drug trafficking or organized crime, explained Verónica Pérez of the Office of Plans and Operations of the Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ). The last case that the authorities are investigating -...

Italian Businessman Was Tortured Before Being Killed At Home Of Suspects

Italian businessman Stefano Calandrelli, 51, was tortured before being stabbed to death inside a house in San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia, where the two women lived and then his body dumped. That was the word by the Fiscalia (Prosecutor's Office), explaining that the two women,...

Five Arrested Suspected In The Kidnapping Of An Italian Businessman, Who Is Still Missing

The Organismo de Investigación Judicial (OIJ) reported the arrest of five people on Friday, suspects of kidnapping the 51-year-old Italian businessman, Stefano Calandrelli. The arrest of the four men and a woman took place in San Joaquín de Flores, Heredia. Authorities also raided an apartment...

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