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February 14th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) After nearly two hours of searching, divers were unable to locate the knife used in the murder of US citizen, Kurt Heigis, 64.
Divers searched the Chachaguita River, which flows under a bridge where unknown assailants intercepted and killed Heigis as he drove home on the evening of February 9th.
Heigis was traveling home with a 30-year-old Nicaraguan woman identified as Marta Rafaela Blandón, when they approached a bridge on a gravel road about 4km from La Fortuna de San Carlos that was blocked by a vehicle, apparently driven by three assailants.
Two of the assailants hit Heigis in the head, stabbed him and cut his throat on the side of the road, killing him.
Blandón told authorities that the third assailant restrained her during the slaying and that she survived by begging for her life.
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.
Earlier this week, officials also told reporters that they were ruling out Heigis’ killing as being drug-related.
Family and friends were unaware of marriage
Heigis was legally married to Blandón, but had apparently kept the fact a secret from his entire family and friends, including daughter Joanna Mong, who only recently learned of her father’s marriage by US Embassy officials after Heigis’ death.
A search conducted previously using a passport number of Heigis’ obtained by Inside Costa Rica returned no marriage records.
“He told no one. Not even his closest friends, his mother nor his sister,” Mong told Inside Costa Rica.
Mong also told Inside Costa Rica that a report today by La Nacion which said her father was a small aircraft pilot are false, saying that learning to fly was simply a dream of her father’s.
Mong also said reports that Heigis had flown on private aircraft are false.
“He was of simple means,” she said, adding that her father’s typical stay in Costa Rica was three months, “unless he ran out of money, which he almost did last year.”