A cleaning soap opera actor named Jefferson Machado, who vanished almost 5 months in the past, has been discovered lifeless in a trunk exterior of a house in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The actor’s passing was confirmed on his Instagram web page by a household good friend named Cintia Hilsendeger.
“It’s with nice remorse that we inform you that Jeff was discovered lifeless on 05/22/2023,” she wrote within the heartbreaking submit.
Authorities mentioned that the physique of the 44-year-old was found certain and stuffed inside a picket chest, which had been encased in concrete and buried 6 toes beneath the yard of a home within the Campo Grande neighborhood, G1 reported.
“He had his arms tied behind his head and buried in a trunk that’s similar to those in his personal home,” the household’s lawyer Jairo Magalhães mentioned in an announcement, per R7 News.
The lawyer mentioned that the corpse, which was recognized utilizing fingerprints, had a “line” on the neck, indicating that he was strangled.
Police footage confirmed the trunk getting exhumed from the bottom — a job that reportedly took 9 folks to perform, the Daily Mail reported.
Whereas the probe is ongoing, police are at the moment investigating a person who had rented the property. The unidentified suspect, who reportedly knew Machado, was final seen coming into the home round a month in the past.
“Jefferson was coldly and brutally murdered by envious, evil and, in fact, unscrupulous folks,” household good friend Cintia Hilsendeger wrote on the actor’s Instagram account.
This marks the tip of an extended and tragic saga that started after the Rio native vanished in January with police reporting that he’d final been noticed in Campo Grande.
Machado’s household discovered of his disappearance after an NGO contacted them to tell them that his eight canine had been deserted on the home.
Throughout the ensuing months, the household obtained textual content messages from somebody they believed to be impersonating the actor.
Machado’s mom Maria das Dores mentioned she discovered the correspondence suspicious because it was rife with spelling errors and didn’t sound like her son.
She’d additionally stopped receiving calls from him, which the alleged impersonator claimed was as a result of he “dropped his cellphone in the bathroom,” Dores claimed.
The household turned more and more involved after noticing that Machado’s cloud password had modified and that his location-tracking operate had been disabled.
Born in Araranguá, Machado began learning to be an actor in 1997.
He notably starred within the 2021 movie, “Efeito Placibo,” which he additionally co-wrote. In his closing function earlier than his loss of life, Machado performed a Philistine on the 2022 cleaning soap opera “Reis.”