Investigators say 65-year-old María Esquivel Ramírez probably was murdered by a robber. The Judicial Investigating Organization said a relative entered the house and found Ms. Ramírez dead at her home in the Peñas Blancas section of Pérez Zeledón Wednesday morning.
After authorities were notified about the suspected homicide they arrived at the house and confirmed the death. They noted that the woman’s mouth was gagged and her hands and feet were tied. A preliminary review showed that she had been hit by a blunt object on the head and on one eye.
For now, authorities said they are only assuming the motive was a robbery. Numerous materials, including the woman’s car, were missing from the house that had been left cluttered.
The body was taken to the Morgue Judicial for autopsy as investigative work continues to narrow down any potential suspects.