Chocolate entrepreneur found dead at her home

Kimberley Blackwell in a January photo. Photo: Gene Warneke

A Canadian woman who ran a chocolate operation near Puerto Jiménez died at her home and judicial agents were at the scene Wednesday afternoon.

The woman was Kimberley Blackwell, described as a long-time resident of the Osa Peninsula. She lived in San Miguel de Cañaza, a friend said. The Judicial Investigating Organization described the location as remote and said that investigators did not arrive until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The agency described the cause of death as unestablished, but a friend near the scene said that items were taken from her home. An autopsy is certain. Fuerza Pública officers have taped off the location.

Ms. Blackwell ran Samaritan Xocolata, which produced high-end chocolate items from Costa Rican cocao. Several Costa Rican women are employed there.

She lived alone and was raised in the Yukon, a former neighbor said. “She was a brash woman who had enemies, but also a ton of good friends,” the former neighbor, Gene Warneke, added.

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