Tamarindo visitor found dead of no apparent cause

Investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine what killed an apparently healthy 23-year-old U.S. citizen in Tamarindo.

Police await investigators at death scene. Photo: Madison Kerndt

The man, Austin Allen Hiers, was found dead on the side of the road in Tamarindo near Witch´s Rock Restaurant and Hotel. Police arrived at the scene at 7:15 a.m. Thursday.

Hiers was last seen at the restaurant that same morning. He was staying at another local hotel where he checked in Sept. 26.

He was previously in the U.S. Army said those who knew him, adding that he was married and had a child, both in the United States.

Odir José Rodríguez Rosales, an employee at Rodamar, said that Hiers was an excellent person and the staff at the hotel are very hurt by what happened. Hiers was last seen leaving his hotel at 6:05 a.m., on the morning of his death.

The autopsy is being performed at the Morgue Judicial in Heredia.

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