Story By: William McGee, Sub-Editor: Marija Stojkoska, Agency: Newsflash
Firefighters have found the dead body of a missing 14-year-old girl tied to a tree in a wooded area in Brazil.
The dead body of Ana Kemilli was found in a seated position with her hands tied up in a wooded area in the Brazilian municipality of Campo Belo do Sul on the night of 10th February.
Ana was last seen alive as she made her way home on the afternoon of 8th February after going out with two friends.
Her family contacted the police when she failed to show up, and the fire brigade began searching for her the following morning with the help of sniffer dogs.
The search team found a sandal belonging to Ana in a wooded area in the municipality in the afternoon, and shortly after her dead body was found by residents who called the police.
According to the police, the girl’s body displayed no visible signs of violence or sexual assault. However, the autopsy has since determined that she was strangled to death.
A 15-year-old boy, who lives close to the victim in a rural part of the municipality and who went missing the day after her disappearance, has since handed himself in to the police, reportedly confessing to his involvement in the crime.
His family had reported his disappearance to the police on the day Ana’s body was found.
Police officer Tiago Gomes told local media: “He has not yet stated his motive, and we guaranteed his right to silence, which he took advantage of. There is the possibility that others are involved, but it will have to be investigated if there were or not.”
He has since been placed in preventive detention, and his identity has not been disclosed.
Residents of the municipality, the population of which is just 6,952, are said to be shocked by the crime and the victim’s family is devastated.
Ana’s godmother Clarice Siqueira told local media: “She will always be remembered. It’s very sad. She was taken from us very early.”
Ana was buried in Campo Belo do Sul on 12th February.
The police are currently investigating the case as a femicide.
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