Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor:Alex Cope, Agency: Central European News
Cops reportedly found this indigenous teenager dead and buried in her ex-boyfriend’s patio five months after the man – a member of a rival ethnic group – allegedly threatened her and broke her teeth.
The incident took place in the rural area, El Muerto, about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from the municipality of Miraflores, in the northeastern Argentinian province of Chaco.
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According to local media, Maria Magdalena Moreira, 16, a member of the Whichi indigenous group, had been reported missing by her family since 12th August.
Moreira’s family pointed out to local media that her ex-boyfriend, identified as 20-year-old Facundo David Narciso, a member of the rival Creole ethnic group, allegedly threatened her.
Five months before her disappearance, her family said in a Facebook post that Narciso had allegedly hit her, broken two of her teeth and taken pictures hitting her.
Police officers from the provincial police area and special units reportedly combed entire rural areas and neighbourhoods searching for the young woman before moving to Narciso’s home.
Reports said that after searching the house located on Provincial Route 9 in El Muerto, the body of the teenager was found buried in the patio.
The police immediately arrested the suspect.
According to local media, the young man admitted to committing the crime to police at the time of his arrest.
The victim was reportedly Ariel Sanchez’s sister, a well-known and respected member of the Territorial Recovery Council of Chaco, an organised local group which fights for the rights of the Wichi indigenous community in the area.
The group claimed in a Facebook post that Mary Magdalene was allegedly called “Indian”, “dirty” and “a relative of a usurper” referring to her brother, by her ex.
They wrote: “Five months ago Maria was beaten and had two teeth knocked out. Her ex-partner, a Creole, told her ‘you walk with usurpers, one of these days I am going to kill you’.
“It will happen. And then what after?
“The usual, a body that we cannot even say goodbye to’.”
It is unclear whether Narciso has been released or if he has been charged.
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