BY GLENN GARVIN
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- A 16-year-old boy arrested over the weekend
murder of two American teenagers was carrying jewelry belonging to the young
women, police said Tuesday.
The disclosure that the suspect was wearing a heavy silver chain
and a Casio
wristwatch stolen from the two murdered women when he was arrested Saturday
came as police expanded the search for two other suspects in the March 13
killings into neighboring Nicaragua. The suspect's identity was not released
because he is a minor.
Police spokesman Francisco Ruiz said Nicaraguan police have been
join the search after Costa Rican authorities confirmed that one of the two
suspects at large -- a juvenile -- is Nicaraguan.
``Though they could be here in Costa Rica, there are some indications
gone to Nicaragua,'' Ruiz said.
Police have the names of the two suspects, but don't want to make
College friends Emily Eagen of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Emily Howell
Ky., both just days short of their 20th birthdays, were shot to death near the
popular tourist beaches on Costa Rica's southern Caribbean coast in a crime that
sent alarm rippling through the country's lucrative tourist industry.
Police believe the two women were killed by three men to whom
they offered a
ride as they left a disco in the early morning hours. The burned-out hulk of their
rented sports utility vehicle was found beside a road in a national park, several
The 16-year-old was linked to the crime by witnesses who spotted
him driving the
vehicle shortly after the murders, by two tow-truck drivers who said he ordered
them at gunpoint to burn the vehicle and by a taxi driver who picked him up in the
The suspect grew up in Alajuela, a suburb of San Jose. But a spokesman
Public Security Ministry said he has been living by himself in a rented cabin near
the murder scene for several months and ``has a long criminal record'' on the
Police said he tear-gassed a security guard during the robbery
of a grocery store
in December and later the same day broke into a school and stole several
thousand dollars in computer equipment.
The suspect was planning another supermarket robbery when he was
Sixaola, near the Panamanian border, police said. The boy's father is on parole
after a conviction on narcotics-trafficking charges and his mother is awaiting trial
for the same offense, they said.
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