Six hunters believe to have confronted Kimberley Blackwell

A group of hunters confronted Kimberley Ann Blackwell on the day she was murdered. Investigators have detained one of the group because he is believed to be the only person who carried a rifle.

The woman suffered multiple injuries from what appears to have been a severe beating. But she also suffered a bullet wound.

The Poder Judicial Friday confirmed that prosecutors believe she was confronted by at least six hunters before her death. There was no explanation why other persons have not been detained, although agents from the Judicial Investigation Organization office in Ciudad Neily did bring in and question others before they detained the man now identified as the murder suspect. All were targets of four raids Thursday by agents.

Prosecutors are expected to see preventative detention for the suspect, identified in A.M. Costa Rica’s Friday story as Jorge Enrique Flores Rojas, 36.

The murder happened on property owned by Ms. Blackwell in San Miguel de Cañaza near Puerto Jiménez. The area is rural and near Parque Nacional Corcovado. Ms. Blackwell had a long-running feud with illegal hunters who crossed her land to reach the park.

The Poder Judicial said Friday that it was her conservationist attitude that was the motive for the killing.

Ms. Blackwell was known as the operator of Samaritan Xocolata, which produced high-end chocolate items from Costa Rican cocao.

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