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Expat arrested in Jacó for murder of Argentine woman

Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) officers in Jacó arrested an expat Monday afternoon suspected of participating in the murder of Argentine Alejandra Erpen on Sept. 18. The 37-year-old woman died after being shot in the neck as she was entering her house in Playa Hermosa, on the central Pacific coast. Her sister sustained a gunshot wound to the hand, but survived the attack.

According to the OIJ, a 45-year-old Belgian, with the last name of Gryson, orchestrated the murder. Officers learned that the suspect believed his ex-wife and the victim were involved in a relationship, and he allegedly ordered Erpen’s murder in a fit of jealousy.

Gryson received three months of preventative prison Thursday, while the prosecution builds a case against the suspect.

OIJ agents arrested the suspect on a public road in downtown Jacó. Agents raided Gryson’s apartment and mechanic shop, where they expect to find additional evidence.

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