was taken to Forensic Medicine of
the Judicial Investigation
Organization, located in Heredia.
/ A.M. Costa Rica wire services
October 23, 2019-
U.S. citizen found dead in
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Agents of the Judicial Investigation
Organization reported Tuesday the
opening of the investigation into the
death of a 55-year-old U.S. citizen
surnamed Neu, who was a resident and lived
in Jacó Beach, in the
Province of Puntarenas.
According to the agents' report, Neu's
body was found in his house in a
condominium tower in Jacó Beach, after a
building worker called the police.
"The building worker arrived at Neu's
house at noon. After knocking on the door
several times and getting no response, the
worker called the police," said the agents
in its statement.
According to the agents, with the help of
the police, the front door of Neu's house
was opened, where he was found lifeless in
the living room.
"The body had marks of slight knife wounds
on hands and feet," said the agents in its
However, according to the agents, the
wounds on Neu's body were not so severe
that they could presume to be the cause of
Following the process in these cases, the
agents coordinated the lifting of the body
with forensic doctors. The body was taken
to Forensic Medicine of the Judicial
Investigation Organization, located in
Agents will continue the investigation
process to find the causes of Neu's death
and, if it is a case of murder capture the
Regarding another case of a U.S. citizen
murder, as A.M. Costa Rica reported
Monday, the Prosecutor's Office in Grecia in the
province of Alajuela, confirmed that a
criminal court judge ordered 30 years in
prison for a man surnamed Montoya-Acosta
and same sentence to a woman named
Jiménez-Esquivel. Both were found guilty
of the murder of U.S. citizen William
During the trial, the Prosecutor's Office
presented the facts that happened in July
2018, as follow:
Nearhoff was at home with the
Jiménez-Esquivel woman, when
Montoya-Acosta arrived. The motive for the
crime was described as theft.
"In order to commit the robbery, the
killers beat Nearhoff to end his life,
then fled the place," said the prosecutor
in its statement.
In July 2018, police reported that
Nearhoff was found bound and dead of stab
wounds in his home.
Police reported the man was gagged and
that his hands and feet were tied.
The body was found due to a strong odor
detected by several lawyers whose firm is
in the same building, according to the Red
Cross members who arrived first at the
Police officers and detectives of the
Judicial Investigation Organization were
According to authorities, Nearhoff, from
Dallas, Texas, had been living in the
country for the past four years at a
building west of the Grecia square.
The two convicted individuals will
continue in jail as a post-trial measure,
ordered by the judge, until the sentence
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