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Costa Rican Officials Find A Body They Believe Could Be That Of Missing Miami Woman

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What should have been a fun birthday trip in Costa Rica for 36-year-old Carla Stefaniak has now turned into tragedy for her family. The woman, a Miami resident born in Venezuela, had gone to Costa Rica to celebrate her birthday with her sister-in-law, but when she didn’t arrive home on November 28, and her family got worried.

Carla Stefaniak last spoke to friends and family on November 27.

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It was on the day that she dropped off her sister-in-law at the airport. Stefaniak was scheduled to leave the following day. Stefaniak took an Uber from the airport and was reportedly going to do some sightseeing around San Jose, the BBC reports, before she was ultimately dropped back at her Airbnb.

That evening she texted with family and friends and sent an ominous message that left her family feeling worried.

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She told them that the power had gone out due to the heavy rain and also called the area where she was staying in as “pretty sketchy.” By this point, Stefaniak had already checked in to her flight, and scheduled an Uber to pick her up and take her to the airport the following day.

According to her family, the Airbnb rental owner and the local security guards claim that they saw Stefaniak “get into an unknown car with her luggage at around 05:00 local time.”

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However, her family says that scenario “makes no sense.” Officials there also claim that they didn’t initially investigate the situation because she got into a car willingly.

Costa Rican officials report that they have found a body 200 feet from the Airbnb where Stefaniak had been staying.

CREDIT: facebook.com/findingcarla

The family is currently at the morgue awaiting to see if the body is their daughter.

“For the last four hours they are just there waiting,” family friend and spokesperson Bugra Demirel, told the BBC. “It’s a horrible wait, and every single minute that Costa Rican officials are not showing the body is just a tremendous amount of pain on the family.”

Since the day that Stefaniak was scheduled to arrive home but did not, her family launched a Facebook page for their daughter in which they claim Stefaniak was kidnapped.

Just a couple of days ago they posted: “HOW TO HELP: We are doing everything we can to get the U.S. Department of State: Consular Affairs to utilize their resources to help us bring Carla Stefaniak back home safely! This is what we need to get the FBI more involved and for them to be allowed to utilize their resources!!. WE NEED HELP IN NUMBERS!! If you would like to help please copy the below “Official Statement” and send it to your local congress representative, governor or the state department at email –> ProtocolHelp@state.gov You can also tweet this link –> https://gma.abc/2RziRlj to these twitter addresses and write “Please Help, American Tourist Kidnapped in Costa Rica.”

Demirel told the BBC that while the family is hoping for the best, they understand that the body found could in fact be their daughter.

“Even the best circumstance is really a nightmare scenario — we’re hoping it’s not Carla, but then it’s somebody else’s daughter,” Demirel said. “We’re hoping it’s not Carla based on what we know, but there’s still a lot of possibility that it could be.”

The family also reports on Facebook that they have no updates as of yet. “The wait is so painful but all the love and support for Carla and the family is beyond amazing! We will update everyone as soon as we know! Thank you so much!”


READ: This Woman’s Body Was Found A Week After She Disappeared. Latinos Are Furious Mass Media Didn’t Cover Her Story

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Mariah Carey Will Always Be The Queen Of Christmas And Here Are All Of The Reasons Why

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Mariah Carey Will Always Be The Queen Of Christmas And Here Are All Of The Reasons Why

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Mariah Carey has firmly held the white and red pompon crown since the debut of her 1994 Christmas album and “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Every year, she systematically and steadily usurps Santa Claus as the most important Christmas figure.

There’s a reason her reputation has only grown stronger almost 25 years later: she goes harder at Christmas than anyone. From casual strolls around the block to annual performances of that iconic album, Carey embodies all that is Christmas.

Mariah Carey released her album “Merry Christmas” in 1994 and it is still a cultural phenomenon.

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Carey wasn’t sure if she had the musical clout to release the album so early in her career but she went for it. Everyone who celebrates Christmas is so happy that she did, tbh.

Her “Merry Christmas” album, especially the song “All I Want For Christmas Is You” always makes it back to the Billboard Top 100 charts this time of year.

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There is no surprise when you think about it. Carey has been the Christmas icon so many of us recognize and admire. Not only does her song keep coming back, she also has Christmas concerts and spends the days of December sharing her love of Christmas nonstop.

The meme community fully recognizes her royalty status.

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While Carey recently dropped a new album, “Caution,” all I’ve listened to today is “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” ‘Tis the season to see Carey all over your Twitter feed.

She’s already hanging out with The Rockettes.

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Carey made an appearance when radio station 107.9 switched over to Christmas music, debuting with the Queen of Christmas’ “All I Want for Christmas Is You” track. Of course she had to drop by to say hi. Someone mentioned Christmas.

Her Buena Noche outfit last year was legendary.

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Caption: “@MariahCarey spotted in Aspen on Christmas eve”

It’s Aspen. We’re over here in Los Angeles wearing three layers of flannel pajamas to keep warm when it drops to 50 degrees, but she is flawless.

She only takes interviews on board a Christmas sleigh, as she should.

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Okay, that’s not entirely true, but it’s how it should be. She is Christmas royalty and this seems like the most appropriate setting for a Christmas time interview with her.

Last year, she brought her kids to meet real live reindeers with Santa, of course.

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Note that Santa Claus is in the backdrop. It’s the only place he belongs when Mariah Carey is involved. La Reina is front and center.

She’s made it puro claro that the tree stays up long after Three Kings Day.

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The Queen of Christmas has spoken. That’s why my mami has a “year round Christmas tree.” She decorates it for Fourth of July, tambien.

Oh, her album is the best selling Christmas album of all time.

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When copies were a thing, it sold over 15 million copies. When ringtones were a thing, it was the best selling holiday ringtone of all time. There is no stopping the power of “All I Want For Christmas Is You.”

Because of her track record, she’s gone on to write songs for “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000).

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Her musical and Christmas prowess really made the film everything that it is. Who else could pull together such amazing Christmas music for a film?

She then released a second Christmas album in 2010.

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She called it “Merry Christmas II You.” Get it? The album debuted at #1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, making it the second ever Christmas album to top that chart.

Then she dueted “All I Want for Christmas is You” with Justin Bieber.

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She literally can’t get enough of the Christmas compilations. Wonder when the Christmas music starts playing in her head?

Carey told Jimmy Fallon that her urge to listen to Christmas music is so strong she has to create rules to moderate herself.

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“I have this rule where I try to get through Thanksgiving. I don’t like when people rush it because once I start, I don’t stop until after like almost New Year’s,” she told Fallon.

When her label first asked her to write the Christmas album, she thought it was too early in her career.

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She’s that humble. Her love of Christmas eventually took over and she decided to give it a shot. Good thing she did.

She once rejected the title, “Queen of Christmas.”

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She told People that she doesn’t “accept that name because I feel like it’s [too much].” Only a true queen would say that. Spoken like a true royal.

“All year long I just wait and I look forward to cooking and just like decorating the Christmas tree.”

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She told People that she has actually has “a few different Christmas trees, and we decorate some of them and some of them there’s a lady that helps us with that, and then there’s one that the kids and I do together with my extended family and friends.”

She even has an animated movie coming out this year called “Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

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We cannot freakin’ wait. Want to know why? Because all I want for Christmas is Mariah Carey in all her Christmas glory.

For the last five years she’s kicked off  the holiday season in Rockefeller Centre.

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She’s not giving up that title this year. Though she’s had to cancel several holiday performances because of an ‘illness’, she’s still breathing life into all of us with three of her albums in the top charts already.

The Lambily agrees. Carey is our forever Queen of Christmas.

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I don’t care how humble you are about it, Mariah. The only photos I want to ever see of you are with your eight personal Christmas trees in the backdrop.

Fact: Santa’s reputation is gone.

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Caption: “Most people don’t know this, but this was the last time anyone saw Santa Claus publicly before Mariah Carey usurped his position, thus becoming Queen of Christmas.” Verdad.

Because we all know this to be true:

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It wouldn’t be Christmas without Mariah Carey, i.e. Mariah Carey must exist for Christmas to exist, i.e. Mariah Carey invented Christmas. That’s how math works.


READ: Let’s See If You Can Ace This Lyrics Quiz On Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’

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