Arrest made in murder of Sarapiquí woman, 72

Investigators have made an arrest in the Aug. 31 murder of a 72-year-old women in Virgen de Sarapiquí. The suspect is a man with the last name of Zamora who lived about 500 meters from the woman’s home, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The woman, identified by the last name of Álvarez, was found by a family member. Her husband had traveled to San José on business, agents said at the time.

The suspect is 23. The judicial agency was careful to say that he is accused of participating in the murder, suggesting that there might be more arrests.

Agents said that the apparent motive was the belief in the area that the woman kept a large sum of money at home because she had just sold some property. The woman appeared to have been strangled or smothered, they said.

The Poder Judicial said the man was jailed for four months of preventative detention while the investigation continues.

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