Four more held in double murder of Austrian expats in the Osa

Investigators have detained four more persons in the Christmas 2009 murder of two Austrian expats in Puerto Jiménez on the Osa peninsula. One of those detained is a police officer.

The Poder Judicial said Tuesday that genetic tests from the mother and sister of one of the victims was key in identifying his remains.

Agents believe the motive was to obtain ownership of the real estate, vehicle and other belongings of the men. In fact, one of the suspects was driving the expats’ car shortly after the pair went missing.

The victims are Horse Hauser, 67, and Herbert Langmaier, 65. they lived in Dos Brazos de Río Tigre, Puerto Jiménez. Hauser had been living here for at least 20 years.

Both come from the same Austrian town.

Agents have been on the case since the men disappeared, but there was little they could do without a body. They did find blood in the home the men shared. But it was not until March
2011 that a bag containing bones washed up in Playa Ciénaga. The bag was found by persons collecting rocks at the beach near Puerto Jiménez.

The remains of Hauser were identified shortly thereafter with the help of Austrian authorities, said the Poder Judicial. Langmaier’s remains were those that have just been identified. An autopsy showed that both men suffered blows to the head.

Agents detained one man, identified by the last names of Rojas Santamaría, last Sept. 25. He has been in preventative detention since. He is believed to be the man who administered the fatal blows.

Agents detained a woman with the last name of Rojas, a sister of the man already in custody Monday afternoon in Dos Brazos. She is 29 years old. A 33-year-old man with the last name of Muñoz was detained at the same time by agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization. Also detained was a man with the last name of Murillo. He is 24.

The police officer, who has the last name of Obando, was detained at work in the police station in Pital de San Carlos, Alajuela.

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