Kidnapped American bookmaker, 43, is found dead in Costa Rica a year after his family paid nearly $ 1 million in ransom bitcoin for his safe return
- William Sean & # 39; Tony & # 39; Creighton was kidnapped in Costa Rica in September 2018
- He was kidnapped and left his office and his Porsche crashed in Heredia
- Now officials have confirmed that his remains were found in a cemetery in Quepos
- It is not yet known how the businessman, who founded and managed 5Dimes, died
- In January of this year, police in Costa Rica and Spain arrested 12 people who were said to have been involved in the abduction of Creighton, originally from West Virginia
- Police say his family has paid $ 950,800 in bitcoins after a ransom demand of $ 5 million
An abducted American bookmaker was found dead in Costa Rica, a year after his family paid nearly $ 1 million in ransom bitcoin for his safe return.
William Sean & # 39; Tony & # 39; Creighton Kopko, 43, was kidnapped in September 2018 after he was abducted and left his office.
His Porsche Cayenne was crashed in Heredia after two traffic officers allegedly stopped him before being picked up by four men in a pickup truck.
Now officials have confirmed ESPN his remains were recently found at a cemetery in the coastal town of Quepos, a three-hour drive from where he was missing.
It is not yet known how the businessman, who founded and managed 5Dimes, died.
William Sean & # 39; Tony & # 39; Creighton Kopko, a 43-year-old American businessman, was kidnapped in Costa Rica on September 24, 2018. He was captured on a video camera that left the office just before his disappearance, pictured
Creighton & # 39; s Porsche Cayenne was crashed into Heredia after two traffic officers allegedly stopped him before he was taken away by four men in a pickup truck
A spokesman for the US Department of Foreign Affairs said: “We can confirm that the Costa Rican authorities have identified the remains of an American citizen in Costa Rica.
& # 39; We express our sincere condolences to the family for their loss. We are closely following the investigation of the cause of death by the local authorities.
& # 39; We are ready to offer all appropriate consular assistance. Out of respect for the family in this difficult time, we have no further comments. & # 39;
In January of this year, police in the country and Spain said they had arrested 12 people allegedly involved in the abduction of Creighton, originally from West Virginia but based in Costa Rica.
& # 39; On the day of the events, the suspect followed him & # 39; at night to Granadilla de Curridabat, where, with the supposed cooperation of the two Transit officials, they allegedly boarded the businessman when he was driving his car and then taken to the captivity site, & # 39; said it Public Prosecution Service in a press release.
Police say the victim's family paid the abductors $ 950,800 in bitcoins after a ransom demand of $ 5 million.
& # 39; His family received extortion and made a substantial payment to secure his release; since September 24, however, it has not been known where it is, & Walter Espinoza Espinoza, director of the judicial police, had said to La Nacion.
& # 39; The payment in virtual money gave us access to a wallet, the IP (unique identification of the equipment) was tracked and its location was specified (…). & # 39;
The three people arrested in Zaragoza, Spain, were considered the leaders by the police. They allegedly fled from Costa Rica after the victim's family had paid the ransom and spent some time in Cuba before traveling to Spain.
Costa Rican police arrested another nine people. Included in the count were the grandmother and uncle of the leader of the group.
All suspects, including Jordan Morales Vega, his mother, Guiselle Vega Aguirre and Maria Fernanda Solis Chaves, are said to be Costa Rican and awaiting trial.
Tony owned 5Dimes, a company based in Costa Rica that specializes in online gambling. The Ministry of Homeland Security investigated the money laundering gambling company in 2016 and the case remains open.
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