(posted April 16, 3:50 pm) — Nicaragua’s National Police have arrested a Nicaraguan man identified as Fernando Antonio Aburto, 35, as the primary suspect in the murder of U.S. citizen Karen Colclough, whose body was found Monday evening.
Aburto, alias “Somazón,” reportedly has a criminal record that includes rape and robbery, according to El Nuevo Diario.
Glenda Zavala, head of Nicaragua’s Judicial Police Unit, told local reporters that Aburto allegedly strangled Colclough to death after stealing her camera. Police tied Aburto to the crime after he sold Colclough’s camera to a local resident for $27. Police say Aburto has scratch marks on his arms, indicating struggle.
According to police reports published in the local press, Colclough left the property of the Barceló Montelimar hotel to take photographs on Friday morning. When she tried to return to the hotel, she apparently discovered that she was cutoff from the beach by the rising tide. Aburto allegedly approached her and offered to show her an alternative way back to the hotel. Once Aburto got her alone, he allegedly attacked her and strangled her to death, police say.
Police said the autopsy results will determine if Colclough was sexually abused.
Colclough’s family is trying to repatriate her body to the United States for a funeral.