left her Miami home for a birthday vacation a little less than two weeks ago, excited to celebrate overseas with her sister-in-law in Costa Rica. She stayed her final day alone before plans to return home, but she never made her flight. Her family now thinks she may have been abducted.
CBS reports that a security guard claimed he saw 36-year-old
“Because her flight was at 1:30, and she was only 20 to 30 minutes away from the airport. And she is never early for anything.”
US woman who disappeared in Costa Rica left ominous last message – CBS News https://t.co/6zYhRwMZV1
— Gonzalo Wolfred (@GonzaloWolfred) December 3, 2018
Stefaniak dropped a rental car off at the airport on November 27, the day her her sister-in-law took a flight back to the U.S. for a prior engagement. Alone for her last day in Costa Rica, Stefaniak took a tour of San Jose with an Uber driver, then later check in for her flight back and arranged for an Uber drive to pick her up the following morning.
The rain apparently knocked the power out in Costa Rica on the night before Stefaniak was scheduled to leave. She reportedly told a friend during a FaceTime call that she planned to ask the Airbnb security guard to buy her water, according to NBC News.
The following morning, the Airbnb host told a security guard that Stefaniak left the Airbnb rental at 5 a.m., carrying luggage. The Uber driver who arrived at 8 a.m. to pick her up reportedly said she was nowhere to be found.
“The Uber driver arrived around 8 a.m. to pick up Stefaniak but could not find her,” family spokesperson Katie Gardner said. “However, her family says the story does not make sense since her flight was not until that afternoon and the airport was only 30 minutes away.”
“She had been ready to come back home but she didn’t. That means somebody kidnapped her or abducted her.”
Several family members, including Caicedo, flew to Costa Rica to help with the search efforts. They’ve been in touch with the United States embassy in Costa Rica, as well as investigators.
Anyone with any information on Stefaniak’s whereabouts should contact Costa Rican investigators at 800-800-0645, or with WhatsApp at8800-0645.
[Feature Photo:Carla Stefaniak/Facebook]