The body of Jason Phillips was found in the driver’s side of his Ford pickup with the door open. Phillips had a gunshot wound to his mouth and an exit wound in the back of his head. The victim’s son reportedly made the discovery.
“We received a report of a deceased person in Playa Dominical, upon arrival we found a man of about 37 years of age with a gunshot wound to his mouth and an exit wound in the back of his head and no vital signs,” said Heiner Alpizar, a local police lieutenant.
According to a report by the daily Diaro Extra, Phillips had only lived in Costa Rica for about a month.
Phillips reportedly owned a surf shop in the area.
Authorities have not ruled out foul play and an investigation is ongoing. A photo of the crime scene published by Diaro Extra seems to show Phillips’ pickup crashed into a tree, and there was no immediate report of a weapon found at the scene.
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