U.S. citizen in Puerto Viejo found murdered in cabina

A U.S. citizen is an apparent murder victim near Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean, but investigators are challenged to find a motive.

The man, identified by the last name of Burkth, died early Friday at his cabina in Barrio Pan Dulce, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. He suffered either a knife wound to the neck or a slash with a machete. Informal sources identified him as Jerry Burgett.

Agents said they doubted this was a robbery because most of the man’s belongs still were intact. The Judicial police said that his passport and some personal possessions were missing.

The man was said to be about 60 years old and a retiree in the area for about a year.

Agents said that the body of the man was discovered when a friend came to look for him about 10:30 a.m. They said they could not find a weapon.

The victim was reported to have been drinking with friends Thursday night in several local bars.

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