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Woman Died Falling into a Creek

By Emiliana Garcia

On Sunday, June 26th, 2011, Maria Eugenia Hewill Blanford, a middle-aged black woman, was found dead in a creek 700 meters from Café De Paris toward Garza. A backpack was also found near the body. Manuel Espinoza from Hi-Tech Security informed that "around 5:45 a.m. Sunday morning, a guy told us that he saw a body in the creek and that we should call the police or Red Cross."

Two officers from the Nosara Police Station escorted the scene until Costa Rican Organization of Judicial Investigation (OIJ) arrived after 10:00 a.m. in two groups.

A medication box, that had the victim's name, helped OIJ identify who she was. Blanford was born in Limon but lived at Barrio Mexico in San Jose with her partner, who was also with her at Playa Guiones. Her partner's last name is Santamaria Rojas.

According to some witnesses, Blanford and her partner were looking for a cheap place to stay at Guiones Beach. In search of accommodation, they randomly talked to a number of business owners and residents at Guiones Beach on late Saturday afternoon and early evening.

Later that same night, there were three robbery cases at Guiones and Pelada Beaches. Tourist Police informed that the relationship between those three cases and this couple haven't been solved yet. On the other hand, according to OIJ, the victim was already involved with 37 cases of robbery.

Rojas left the town earl Sunday morning, taking a taxi to Nicoya and later caught by OIJ around noon on Sunday. He was found with a backpack full of cell phones.

Agnes Pinherio from the Nosara Security Association said that when Rojas was informed about Blanford's death, he started to cry and told the officers that he didn't know anything about it until then.

As the body doesn't present any bruises, injuries or scars, it is predicted that it was a natural death due to falling into the creek on a heavily rainy night. However, OIJ continues the investigation of the case.


More Regional News

Samara community and police hope to organize to improve security

About 60 people met in Samara’s community hall on Thursday, June 23, with Mayor Marcos Jimenez and police officials Angel Araya Cordero, director of police for Guanacaste, and Dennis Garcia, in charge of the police’s community security program for the canton of Nicoya. Their aim was to air concerns and look for viable ways to improve security in Samara.

“Let Today's Outcry Last For Over One Day"

Over 150 Samara residents marched peacefully through the streets of their community to protest the murder of an Argentinean tourist, which took place on June 16th at a downtown hotel. The motto of the march was to ask for peace and safety.

Samareños will march asking to continue with peace and tranquility

Members of the community of Samara agreed to perform a march this Sunday, the 19th, starting at 11 a.m., leaving from the Catholic church, marching around the front of the Evangelical church, the school and ending in front of the Public Force.

Samareños will march asking to continue with peace and tranquility

Members of the community of Samara agreed to perform a march this Sunday, the 19th, starting at 11 a.m., leaving from the Catholic church, marching around the front of the Evangelical church, the school and ending in front of the Public Force.

Machinery Arrives in Nosara to Provide Road Maintenance

Roadworking equipment arrived this past Friday June 10th  to begin repairing the 30 km section between Nosara and Samara. The National Roads Board (CONAVI) deployed the equipment provided by San Antonio construction company.

Road to Nosara is Impassable
The MOPT remains silent

There is great concern among residents and drivers in Garza, Guiones and Nosara due to the bad road conditions and the fact that no work has been done towards their improvement for over three months. As a result of the rainfall during this past few days, the road has become impassable.

Sexual Violence in Las Huacas Under Investigation

On May 22, around midnight, a woman, who is over 50 years old, was sexually assaulted at a house in Section EE, Guiones, where she was housesitting for her friends.

Tourist Police Could be Closed During June

At a meeting held at restaurant Casa Tucan by the Nosara Security Association on Saturday, May 28, Agnes Pinherio, the president of the association, said the Tourist Police of Guiones Beach may be closed unless the association can collect enough donations for its office maintenance. While last year the budget was more than $17,000, this year, only $5,500 has been collected.

Ministry of Health Sets End of July as Deadline for the Dump to Continue Operating

Improvements to Nosara's landfill must be made before the end of July; however, if no concrete efforts to improve it are made, the Ministry of Health will proceed to close it down. This was the order given by Nicoya's Ministry of Health engineer, Gabriel Sotelo González, on Wednesday, May 18th.

Are we Ready for Heavy Winter Rains?

Last year's rains were destructive, leaving some communities cut off when bridges collapsed and unfortunate families seeking shelter elsewhere as their homes flooded. Since then, various groups have been examining needs to better prepare communities for the next round of heavy rains.

The Brothers of Nosara Representative are under investigation for tree cuttings

On March 27th, 2011, two officers from MINAET Ostional (Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications) found 20 pochote trees stumps, which were supposedly cut illegally on a property near the Nosara dump. Among the parties involved, which included two brothers of the Nosara Representative, Marcos Avila, none had permission to cut, transport, or sell the trees.

Nicoya Sewage Treatment Plant May Pollute the River Grande

Residents of the Matabuey neighborhood in the city of Nicoya expressed their displeasure with the foul smells emanating from the neighboring sewage treatment pools from the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) as well as the treated waters discharged into the River Grande, which runs about 50 meters from the pools.


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