March 18th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) After more than a year, authorities say that evidence continues to be analyzed in the case of a murdered hotel owner and his two sons in La Fortuna de San Carlos.
On February 9th, 2013, Geovanny Soto Ruiz, 52 and his sons Emmanuel, 18, and Juan Mauricio Soto Soto, 27 were found dead in various areas of La Fortuna, showing signs of torture. Soto was the owner of the Mountain Paradise Hotel.
According to sources, an alleged debt of approximately $1.5 million may have led to the murders.
The bodies of Mr. Soto Ruiz and one of his sons were found near the Arenal River on the old road between La Fortuna and Monterrey with their throats cut, and showing signs of torture.
The youngest of the three men was found shot to death in a family-owned microbus on the way to the Fortuna River waterfalls.
Days after the discoveries, two Nicaraguan men were arrested on suspicion of having received orders to commit the crime. Authorities said they were able to collect evidence against the men during raids on their homes, including a bloody knife. Both men were former employees of Soto, and remain in custody today.
If or when the men will stand trial in the slayings, however, remains unknown.
“The case is at the stage of evidence analysis […] [The two defendants] remain in custody on charges of first-degree homicide,” the press office of the Public Prosecutor said when questioned about the case in recent days.