Costa Rican Judiciary Police (OIJ) were able to confirm the identity of a body they found half-buried in Siquirres, Limón back on October 1. The remains correspond to Thomas J. Cook, a U.S. expat that had been reported missing in Jaco.
Cook, who had settled in Herradura, Costa Rica back on July 20 this year was last seen and heard from on August 23 when he withdrew funds from an ATM in Jaco beach in the Costa Rican Central Pacific.
Cook was seen spending a lot of time with a woman that he met at Hotel El Cocal by the name Yaritza Hurtado and who, apparently, is a native of Limon. Hurtado said in an interview with Channel 7 news that the two were “good friends” and denied having any involvement with his disappearance.
OIJ received the lab results and dental records and were able to confirm the identity of the man.
Police investigators suspect that Cook may have been kidnapped with the purpose of extorting him, Cook was 62 years-old.
Cook’s sister Sandra LaFrance shared “I just received word that the body in question WAS INDEED my brother Tom. He was murdered by some very bad people. It is with a heavy heart I share this with all of you, but I ask you to remember that his spirit is no longer there in that morgue, but in a much better place! I will keep you all aware of when we can take him home to his final resting place. Thank you, Sandy LaFrance”.