Costa Rica News – The Judicial Investigation Organization has confirmed the presence of DNA from the only suspect on the body of the Spanish tourist murdered in Tortuguero. The woman was strangled on August 4th after going for a run on the trails in Tortuguero.
The Criminal Court of Pococí released the suspect, rejecting the request for preventive detention last Tuesday. The next hearing will be on August 16th, and they will again request his arrest. On that date they will provide evidence that his saliva was found on her breasts and that traces of his skin on her nails coincide with the idea that she tried to defend herself.
The director of the Judicial Police explained in a press conference that the analysis to obtain the data reinforcing the investigation was hastened in order to meet international standards. Two police officers from Spain arrived to assess the data from the investigation.
The OIJ is committed to giving the family peace of mind about what happened. They promise to take the case seriously and responsibly. Additionally, President Carlos Alvarado Quesada announced he will annually allocate $1 million of the budget of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute to tourism security.