Murder is suspected in death of Canadian woman

Judicial investigators are treating the death of a Canadian woman in a rural area of the Osa Peninsula as a homicide.

The Judicial Investigating Organization confirmed Thursday that the woman, Kimberley Blackwell, 53, showed signed of violence. Specifically the woman appeared to have been hit at various parts of her body. She was found in the patio of her home in San Miguel de Cañaza near Puerto Jiménez.

Ms. Blackwell was known in the area as the operator of Samaritan Xocolata, which produced high-end chocolate items from Costa Rican cocao.
One expat Thursday said the chocolate was the best she had tasted.

Friends and neighbors of Ms. Blackwell suspected early that her death was murder by strangulation. Cruz Roja attendants reported on the manner of the death. Friends also said that Ms. Blackwell had an interest in the supernatural and that some of her Costa Rican neighbors feared her.

An autopsy will be performed at the judicial morgue. Agents in Ciudad Nelly are in charge.

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