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Canadian woman found burned to death

Canadian citizen Hazel Garda, 65, was found burned to death Monday morning at her home in the Garita Vieja sector of Santa Cruz, in the northwest Guanacaste province.

According to the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) of Santa Cruz, Garda’s body was found by her husband at 7 a.m. Monday morning. After running a morning errand, Garda’s husband returned home and was unable to find his wife within the residence. When he searched the property, he found Garda’s lifeless body approximately 50 meters from the home. Her legs and head were severely burned.

The OIJ reported that they found a gallon of gasoline and matches on the property. A full autopsy will be conducted.

No suspects have yet been named in the ongoing investigation.

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