American among six tortured, shot and burned in massacre at Costa Rica farm

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An American cattle and coffee farmer was found dead with five of his farm hands on a farm in Costa Rica, trying to sell his property to return to the United States and be closer to family.

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Stephen Paul Sandusky, 61, was a United States citizen and a Costa Rica resident, according to the US Embassy in the Central American country.

The former Florida resident retired to a farm in Llano Bonito de Buenos Aires de Puntarenas, about 40 km north of the country’s southern border with Panama.


He listed the property for $1.8m in 2019 to return to the US, but the Covid pandemic hit and left it on the market without a buyer for the past two years, listing agent Diego Quesada told Granthshala.

“He wanted to go back to his family and he wanted to go back to the States,” said Mr. Quesada.

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Mr. Sandusky first bought the property 25 years ago and expanded it in 2005 and decided to sell in 2019, Mr. Quesada said. The divorced father of two had been in the country since the late 1990s, according to que costa rica.

“They haven’t lowered the price of the property since the pandemic began, and until now the listing was active and still looking to sell,” Mr. Quesada said. “He was a very nice boy.”

Stephen Sandusky driving on a private road to his Costa Rica farm in June 2019.

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Stephen Sandusky driving on a private road to his Costa Rica farm in June 2019.

He moved to Costa Rica to start farming because he “wanted to live in peace”, told by his lawyer, Jorge Enrique Infante. que costa rica.

“He was a very noble, kind and generous person. He told me that he wanted to learn agriculture and that is why he bought the farm. He started with cattle and then realized that he had a small profit,” Mr. Infant told the outlet. “Years ago we stopped having a professional relationship but about a year ago I met him at a supermarket and we were talking. Yes, he told me they robbed him a lot.”

Authorities suspect robbery was behind the massacre, which either doused, burnt or shot all six victims. Among the Costa Ricans killed were 44-year-old Daniel Quesada Cascante, his wife Alina Villarevia, 41, and their son, Daniel Quesada, 20. Susan Ziga Rodriguez, 40, and Bourbon Munoz, 38, were also killed. tv on.

According to AHR Noticias, Mr. Sandusky hired Mr. Quesada to maintain a vehicle, and Mr. Quesada’s family joined his friends on the trip.

Police suspect that several of the gunmen went to the farm to loot the property as several equipment and items missing from the house were presumed to be stolen, the outlet reported.

The house was also badly damaged by broken windows and a burnt truck, where some bodies were found.

Daniel Quesada Cascent, 44, his wife Alina, 41, and their son, Daniel

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Daniel Quesada Cascent, 44, his wife Alina, 41, and their son, Daniel

Don Eladio Quesada told AHR Noticias that they found the bodies on Sunday.

“We went inside and found my son’s body completely burnt, the scene with the women around the car, all the bodies were covered in burns and tires and some were accompanied by shots,” he said.

He had traveled to the property after failing to return to his family home, Mr Quesada’s sister told TV Sur.

“Daniel always went with (his father) Caesar because he was also a mechanic and they worked together; Alina was going with him because they say it’s a very beautiful place,” she told the broadcaster. .

Mr Sandusky’s farm had been for sale since 2019, and locals claimed he had been attacked on previous occasions, but was loved among the local community. Teja.

Mr. Sandusky’s farm was listed for US$1.8 million Chiripo Real Estate. It is on 70 hectares of pasture with 20 hectares of coffee plantations, and rolling hills for livestock pasture and a variety of fruit trees around a one-storey house.

Police investigate crime scene at Steve Sandusky’s Costa Rica farm

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Police investigate crime scene at Steve Sandusky’s Costa Rica farm

According to the Associated Press, the US Embassy would not release further information about Mr. Sandusky due to privacy concerns.

Costa Rica is considered the least violent nation in Central America, with a murder rate of 11 per 100,000 people each year. By comparison, the US homicide rate in 2019 was 5 per 100,000 people, according to the most recent figures FBI’s Similar Crime Reporting program.

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