Via @MarineLifeCtr & @NickKristof

Costa Rican Sea Turtle conservationist, Jario Sandoval, found murdered on Friday. 

(Source:  New York TImes )

This quiet stretch of beach near Limón, Costa Rica, was photographed on May 19 by Jairo Mora Sandoval, a 26-year-old conservationist who regularly patrolled there to protect endangered sea turtles and their nests from poachers. 

According to Costa Rican news reports, police said he was kidnapped Thursday night by armed men — along with three American women and one from Spain who were volunteering as turtle surveyors.

The investigation is just getting under way, but there are already signs that the killing was related to the intersection of turtle egg poaching and the drug trade.

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