Police spoke plainly about the theory that the remains belong to Cody Dial, who went missing in the national park in July 2014, but a DNA test that would confirm to whom the bones belong is still weeks away.
Heavy thunderstorms and flash floods washed away cars and flooded homes across the Costa Rican capital of San José, with the neighborhoods of Los Yoses, San Pedro, Montes de Oca and Desamparados among the hardest hit by the rains.
Costa Rica's Talamanca Mountains are among the most remotes places in Central America. Far from major cities, thick with tropical jungle, rivers, venomous snakes and cold mountaintops, the region is practically inhospitable. This is where an airplane with 68 Argentine Air Force cadets on board disappeared without a trace in 1965.
A sudden thunderstorm passed over the popular tourist destination on Saturday at about 12:30 p.m. Before park rangers could clear the scenic overlook, lightning struck roughly 25 meters away from the three, Poás National Park Administrator Redy Conejo told The Tico Times.