Arenal hotel operator and two sons found murdered

A hotel operator and his two sons became murder victims early Saturday, and their bodies were found in different locations around the tourist community that is dominated by the Arenal volcano.

Dead are Geovany Soto, the father, and sons Emanuel and Juan. The father was 52 and the sons were 29 and 22, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Judicial agents said that neighbors in the vicinity of the Río Fortuna waterfalls, a well-known tourist spot, heard shots about 1 a.m. Fuerza Pública officers who responded found the body of the 22 year old in a microbus. That was about 1 a.m.

At 6:30 a.m. a passer-by notified police that there were two bodied at a lot near a location called  Torre de Monterrey.

The 22 year old, believed killed about 1 a.m. suffered multiple gunshot wounds, said a judicial police report. The two other victims died from knife wounds, it said.

News files identified the father as the manager of the  Hotel Montaña del Fuego in 2008 when he was involved with a consumer action for failing to provide rooms as promised. He later was identified on the Internet as being associated with the Hotel Mountain Paradise, which describes itself online as a 46-room four-star hotel. Judicial agents did not provide the name of the man’s hotel in the report.

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