February 12th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) A source close to the investigation of the murder of American citizen, Kurt Heigis said that authorities are seeking to speak with a man who used to work on Heigis’ 6-acre property who “could have important information regarding the case.”
Heigis, 64 was killed by unknown assailants around 7:30pm Sunday night on a gravel road about 4km from La Fortuna de San Carlos.
Heigis was traveling home with his romantic partner, a 30-year-old Nicaraguan woman identified as Marta Rafaela Blandón, when they approached a bridge that was blocked by a vehicle, apparently driven by three assailants.
Heigis was hit in the head, stabbed in the abdomen, and his throat was slit. He died on the side of the road.
Robbery does not appear to be a motive in the slaying, as the assailants did not steal any valuables from the couple, including $1,900 in cash that Heigis had with him. Sources say Heigis would take his cash with him when he left home.
Heigis was from Columbus, Montana and spent several months in Costa Rica each year as a “snow bird,” his daughter told Inside Costa Rica.
Family speaks out
Joanna Mong, one of Heigis’ three daughters, told Inside Costa Rica that her father was a simple, private, and hardworking man who would spend the winter months in Costa Rica.
“He loved the country and was looking to retire there,” she said.
“My father did not have any enemies, while he was a good storyteller, he had many friends and family who loved him dearly,” Mong said when asked why anyone would want to hurt her father, adding she did not wish to speculate further, citing the ongoing investigation.
Heigis’ family said that he was not into drugs.
Asked about his business dealings, Mong said her father was simply “interested in investment properties.”
“He didn’t do anything to anybody to deserve this,” Mong said.
Mong said her family is attempting to raise funds to bring her father’s body home to Montana. “The costs are outrageous, so we are seeking help to get the costs paid for. He had final wishes and we want them fulfilled for him,” she said.
“This is a horrible nightmare and I’m not waking up. This has been very surreal…too many questions and not enough answers,” Mong told Inside Costa Rica.
Heigis is survived by his mother, Genevieve Autry; his sister, Veronica Carter; and his daughters, Joanna Mong, Barbara Sparks and Tonya Heigis.
Kurt Heigis’ family is seeking donations to help cover the cost of returning his body to Montana.
For more information, contact his daughter, Joanna Mong, or son-in-law, Alvin Mong, at email@example.com.