Fam­ily of woman slain in Costa Rica files law­suit

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - Local - Daniel Sweeney [email protected] Sun­Sen­tinel.com, 954-356-4605 or Twit­ter @Daniel_Sweeney

TAMPA — Rel­a­tives of a Hal­lan­dale Beach woman slain in Costa Rica are su­ing Airbnb and the re­sort where she was va­ca­tion­ing when she died.

Carla Ste­fa­niak's fam­ily filed the law­suit Thurs­day in Hills­bor­ough County, Florida. The Tampa Bay Times re­ports the law­suit says the Villa le Mas re­sort and Airbnb failed to con­duct a back­ground check on a Nicaraguan se­cu­rity guard who was in Costa Rica il­le­gally.

Au­thor­i­ties in the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try say the guard killed Ste­fa­niak on Nov. 28 af­ter she re­turned alone to the apart­ment she rented through Airbnb.

Airbnb has re­moved Villa le Mas from its rental prop­er­ties web­site.

Villa le Mas' at­tor­ney has said the re­sort’s own­ers are co­op­er­at­ing with in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

The law­suit says both com­pa­nies also failed to alert cus­tomers to U.S. State Depart­ment warn­ings about vi­o­lent crime in Costa Rica. Ste­fa­niak

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