Monday, December 17, 2012

Costa Rica: Body of US Expat, 55, Found, Home Invasion Suspected

According to The Tico Times, the body of a US expatriate, Molly Salomon, 55, was reportedly found in a water tank insider of her home in San Isidro de Heredia, northeast of the capital of San José on Saturday (December 15).

COMMENT: Reportedly, Ms. Salomon had been living in Costa Rica for a number of years. She was found by a domestic employee who had worked for Ms. Salomon for a number of years.

Local police suspect that the American was killed in conjunction with a home invasion; it is too early to made any conclusions. Police did discover evidence of forced entry in the back of the house.

Although real estate developers and numerous expat websites have overly-promoted and touted Costa Rica as the "perfect" venue to relocate to, the fact is that the country is experiencing a serious crime crisis that largely targets the residences of the wealthy, including expats.

As most of our regular readers will attest, there have been a large number of expats injured and killed in Costa Rica in recent years, which is why I continue to emphasize that foreigners NOT relocate to the country hastily.

Not only must expat residences be well-secured against intruders, but competent armed guards may be deemed necessary in many areas of the country.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.