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Six dead in Costa Rica: Victims were ‘tortured’ before US-born rancher’s body was burned

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American, 61, and five farm workers are killed at his remote ranch in Costa Rica: Victims were ‘tortured, doused with gasoline and set on fire’ in suspected robbery

  • American Steve Sandusky, 61, was one of six victims tortured and murdered at a remote ranch in Costa Rica’s Puntarenas province, police said Monday.
  • Sandusky and another of the victims were found burnt – one of them was found in the back of a ‘completely burnt’ pickup truck on the property
  • The two women, both shot in the head and a man’s body full of gunshot wounds, were found sprayed with fuel.
  • Five victims – Daniel Quesada Cascante, 44, his son, 20, his wife Villarevia Rivera, 41, Zúñiga Rodriguez, 40, and Borbón Muñoz, 38 – were Costa Rican citizens
  • The five were repairing farm equipment on the property, according to the national criminal investigation agency, the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial.
  • Police were called to the scene at 1 a.m. Monday after relatives went to the property to search for their relatives after failing to return home
  • “We walked in and found my son’s body completely burned, the scene with the women around the car,” said Eladio Quesada, the father of one of the victims.
  • “It was difficult to find all the bodies that were burned and wrapped in tires and some with gunshots”










Six people, including an American, were tortured and killed – some shot, some burned, and all doused in gasoline – at a remote ranch in Costa Rica.

Steve Paul Sandusky, 61, from the US, was found on his cattle and coffee ranch along with five Costa Rican victims who arrived there on Sunday in Llano Bonito de Buenos Aires de Puntarenas, in the southern part of the country.

Sandusky was a Costa Rican native, according to Walter Espinoza, director of the Organismo de Investigacion Judicial (OIJ), and owned a farm in the small village of Buenos Aires. It is unclear where he stayed in the United States.

The other five victims — 44-year-old Daniel Quesada Cascante, his 41-year-old wife Villarevia Rivera, their 20-year-old son Daniel Quesada, a woman named Zúñiga Rodriguez, 40, and a man named Borbón Muñoz, 38 — went to the hospital on Sunday. premises to repair agricultural machinery, according to TVSur.

Daniel Quesada Cascante, 44 (pictured left), his 20-year-old son (pictured second from right) and his 41-year-old wife Villarevia Rivera (pictured right) were among six tortured and killed on the remote ranch in Costa’s Puntarenas Province. Rica

Currently, the Organismo de Investigacion has no evidence of the massacre - they were called to the ranch in Llano Bonito after victims' relatives found the bodies of their relatives on the property

Currently, the Organismo de Investigacion has no evidence of the massacre – they were called to the ranch in Llano Bonito after victims’ relatives found the bodies of their relatives on the property

A broken window and signs of a search of the house on the property (pictured) have led authorities to believe that theft may have been the killers' motive

A broken window and signs of a search of the house on the property (pictured) have led authorities to believe that theft may have been the killers’ motive

The murders shocked the peaceful nation, which has the lowest murder rate in Central America, at 11.1 per 100,000 inhabitants.

A broken window and signs of a search of the house on the property have led authorities to believe the mass murder could have been a botched robbery.

Sandusky and another of the victims were found burnt – one of them was found in the back of a ‘completely burnt’ pickup truck on the property.

The two women, Rodriguez and Rivera – both shot in the head – were found in front of the vehicle. In an alley about 100 yards away, a man’s body was covered with gunshot wounds – although their corpses had not been burned like the other two victims, the three were covered in fuel.

The secluded site is only accessible by a private road, about two miles from the nearest public street, police said

The secluded site is only accessible by a private road, about two miles from the nearest public street, police said

The two women, Rodriguez and Rivera (pictured) - both shot in the head - were found in front of the vehicle.  In an alley about 100 yards away, a man's body was covered with gunshot wounds - although their corpses had not been burned like the other two victims, the three were covered in fuel

The two women, Rodriguez and Rivera (pictured) – both shot in the head – were found in front of the vehicle. In an alley about 100 yards away, a man’s body was covered with gunshot wounds – although their corpses had not been burned like the other two victims, the three were covered in fuel

Relatives of the victims traveled to the property after their relatives failed to return home and stumbled upon the massacre at the farm.

“We walked in and found my son’s body completely burned, the scene with the women around the car, it was difficult to find all the bodies burned and wrapped in tires and some with gunshots,” Eladio Quesada, the murdered 44-year-old father, local news station told AHCR Notices.

Police were called to the scene at 1 a.m.

The remote property is only accessible by a private road, about two miles from the nearest public street, police said – the OIJ assembled a team of forensic analysts and detectives from the capital San Jose, six hours away.

The US embassy could not provide further details about Sandusky, they said due to privacy laws.

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