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Crown Point man's move to Costa Rica ends in death

Postby Sex in the City » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:07 pm

Crown Point man's move to Costa Rica ends in death

Retiree found stabbed to death in water tank at beach resort; police seeking suspect

CROWN POINT, Ind. -- An Indiana man found stabbed to death in a water storage tank in Costa Rica went to the Central American nation for its beauty and to live the good life, his friends said.

A maintenance worker on Dec. 19 found the body of Arne R. Hedlof, 59, at the beach resort of Jaco, about 75 miles southwest of San Jose, said Carlos Venegas, a detective in charge of the case. Officials at the U.S. Embassy confirmed Hedlof's death but declined further comment.

The longtime Crown Point resident retired from his job at the Youche Country Club, packed up his belongings in September and headed to Jaco for warmth and a cheaper cost of living, several friends told The Times of Munster for a Wednesday story.

He was an Army helicopter crew chief during the Vietnam War and lived in northwestern Indiana most of his life. Hedlof was an auto mechanic and service manager at several car dealerships, said Hedlof's longtime friend, Lee A. Dillabaugh.

Venegas said Hedlof had been stabbed numerous times. Police in Costa Rica were searching for a man seen going into the house a few days before the body was found and were trying to determine a motive.
One friend said he believed Hedlof's friendly nature was his downfall.
"He was a good man," said Hal Milby, who knew Hedlof for 20 years. "He taught me a lot. He was always trying to help people out. I think that's what got him in trouble in Costa Rica."

Tim Heidbreder, a friend of 45 years, said Hedlof was excited to start his new life.

"He went down and fell in love with the place, fell in love with the people," said Heidbreder, who visited Hedlof in Costa Rica in October. "He was probably one of the most upbeat people you ever met in your life."

Friends saw Hedlof for the last time in early December, when he came home for two weeks to put his affairs in order and talked about a potential job offer at a resort hotel. Dillabaugh dropped Hedlof off at a bus stop in Merrillville on Dec. 1.

Hedlof is survived by his twin brother, Einar Hedlof, Milwaukee; brother Maynard Hedlof, Spring, Texas; and sister Janet Frazee, Crown Point.

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