Convicted Of Murder of U.S. Woman in Nicaragua

Lynnfield native Karen Colclough was murdered in Nicaragua. (Photo from Facebook)
Lynnfield native Karen Colclough was murdered in Nicaragua. (Photo from Facebook)

NICARAGUA NEWS – A Nicaraguan court has convicted a man of murder for the April death of Wilson resident Karen Colclough. La Prensa reported that the court found that Fernando Antonio Aburto Reyes, 35, strangled Colclough during an aggravated robbery and rape.

The Jackson Hole Daily reported in April that Aburto was caught after he sold Colclough’s camera for US$27.

- payin the bills -

On Wednesday, as news of the conviction spread among Colclough’s friends in Jackson Hole, her brother had just flown into town to clear out her storage unit in Alpine.

Mike Colclough, of New Hampshire, had just heard the news from Nicaragua and said it wasn’t the solace some people might expect.

“I don’t know that I needed that help,” he said of the conviction — and added that he would pray for the man who killed his sister.

“I found forgiveness through Jesus Christ … and I pray for Aburto that he will find salvation and see the error of his ways.”

- paying the bills -

Colclough compared being mad at Aburto and hanging on to the anger to being mad at the captain of the Titanic for hitting the iceberg and chaining himself to the ship.

“You can chain yourself to the Titanic or get in a lifeboat,” he said.

Colclough said he knew his sister “would strongly advise me toward forgiveness” and tell him to “stop holding on to it.”

Karen Colclough was with a group from the Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole that was in Nicaragua on a humanitarian mission. The group was preparing to leave April 11 when Colclough went for a run on the beach at Tierra Nueva. She didn’t show up for dinner.

Colclough’s body was found three days later. Aburto was arrested after another three days and was said by police to have confessed to killing Colclough.

Glenda Zavala, head of Nicaragua’s Judicial Police, told reporters in April that Colclough was cut off from the beach by the rising tide, and that Aburto approached her and offered to show her another way back to the hotel. Police said he attacked her when he saw a chance.

- paying the bills --

Police said Aburto had scratches on his arms, indicating a struggle.

Aburto could be sentenced to 30 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Friday.

Colclough, 37, had spent 10 years in the Jackson area working with adults who had developmental disabilities, mostly at Community Entry Services. She had also been a Snow King Mountain ski patroller and at the time of her death worked with Jackson Hole Mountain Resort’s adaptive ski program.

Friends praised her as dedicated and cheerful, always willing to help.

Her brother said Wednesday that “I definitely know I’m going to see her again.”

Related Articles

Nicaragua still the country with the greatest mobility in Central America in times of pandemic

TODAY NICARAGUA - Eight months after the first case of Covid-19...

Nicaragua restores 95% electricity service

TODAY NICARAGUA - After the damages caused by Hurricane Iota a...

MOST READ

Rosario Murillo: La Heredera (The Heiress)

Rosarion Murillo, the "eternally loyal" to her husband and political partner, Daniel Ortega. In a profile by Confidencial in October 2016, before her election as...

Better Air Connectivity Between Nicaragua and the US

The private companies' association is in talks with United Airlines to promote the opening of a route that connects Nicaragua with the east coast...

Nicaragua Unveils Central America’s Largest Baseball Stadium

Nicaragua has unveiled its long-awaited baseball stadium in Managua, replacing the former baseball field built in 1948. The new structure will hold up to...

Bianca Jagger Gets Into The Nicaragua Act Again

(American Thinker)  Remember Bianca Jagger? You know, the disco queen and former rock-star's wife turned leftwing "human rights activist" who was last seen mourning...

What Are Some of Nicaragua’s Popular Food?

TODAY NICARAGUA - Nicaragua is an interesting place, with a tumultuous history and a relatively peaceful present. and even if many things can be...

Nicaragua Praised by the IMF

The IMF noted the positive evolution of all the country's economic indicators, and the drastic fall in poverty, with an increase of 33% in...

Poll Shows Declining Expectations on a Nicaraguan Canal

According to the results of the most recent survey conducted by Cid Gallup, the Nicaraguan interoceanic canal project, a concession given to the Chinese...

Let's Keep This Going!

To be updated with all the latest news and information about Nicaragua and Latin America.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.