In the early morning of May 31, the body of Costa Rican Jairo Mora Sandoval was found on Moín Beach, along the Caribbean coast. Serving as a wildlife conservationist for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network (WIDECAST), Mora Sandoval and four other volunteers, three Americans and one Spaniard, were kidnapped by five masked gunmen on the night of May 30 and taken to an abandoned house. Separating Mora Sandoval from the rest of the group, the attackers proceeded to beat the 26 year-old until his body lay lifeless, strip him of his clothes, and leave him to suffocate by shoving sand in his mouth. The autopsy determined that he died from asphyxiation. The four foreigners were unharmed and were responsible for alerting the police.

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