Investigators seek leads in arson murder of four near Jacó

By any definition, the murders near Jacó Friday were horrific. Someone put a lock and chain on the exits of shipping containers used as a home and then torched the place.

Four bodies, including one of a 14-year-old girl were found inside when firemen broke into the container.

Using shipping containers as homes is not unusual. This is done frequently in rural areas where containers provide a quick, cheap structure. Some firms produce elaborate homes from containers, but the containers in Herradura, south of Jacó were anything but elaborate.

Firemen from the Garabito station said they got the call at 5:55 a.m. Friday and that they were on the scene 22 minutes later. It took more than an hour to bring the blaze under control.

Firemen said that there were two containers in the area known as Finca Pipasa.

Dead were two brothers with the last names of Villalobos
Miranda. One was 22 and the other was 24, firemen said. The girl was identified by the last name of Delgado, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Firemen called agents as soon as they cut open the containers and found the bodies of the brothers. One held a steel bar with which it is presumed he was trying to use to pry open the door someone had locked from the outside. The girl’s body was found a short time later. Then at 11:50 a.m. firemen found a fourth body, still unidentified, in the rubble.

Firemen said it was clear one of the containers was being used as a living quarters because there were kitchen appliances there. The bodies all were in one container. The second was involved in the fire but not occupied. Someone sealed that one, too.

The fires were set outside the containers, and firemen suspect that an accelerant was used. Each container was about 20 square meters or about 215 square feet.

The brothers are believed to have lived on the land for several years. Their father was for years a watchman or guard of the property.

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