Two murders reported on Central Pacific coast

Intruders smothered a 71-year-old Jacó man after tying him to his own bed Sunday night, said investigators.

The man’s wife discovered the body about 7 p.m. Sunday, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. The agency identified the victim as a Russian, although expats who know him in Jacó said he was a U.S. citizen. He was identified unofficially as Pierre Beauvais.

Fuerza Pública officers detained at least one man who was believed to be leaving the scene. The investigation was hampered because police could not locate a Russian translator. They issued a call for someone with knowledge of Russian and Spanish.

Meanwhile, about the same time in Villanueva about 12 kilometers (about 7.5 miles) south of Quepos, someone killed a real estate agent with at least 10 bullets. The man was identified by the last name of Brenes, and investigators said he lived in Uvita de Osa to the south. His age was listed as 45 years.

Agents said that the man’s body was found in a solitary location and that a neighbor about a half a kilometer (about a third of a mile) away said he heard a series of gunshots about 7 p.m.

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