Three males have been arrested in Brazil for raping and murdering a teenage girl and a young woman before decapitating them and practising necrophilia with their corpses.
The victim’s bodies were found in an area of woodland in the neighbourhood of Brotas in the municipality of Pirai do Sul in the southern Brazilian state of Parana on Thursday afternoon, 17th February.
Luana Lopes Teles, 17, pictured with a baby, and Cintia Marques da Silva, 23, were last seen alive in the early hours of Sunday, 13th February, after a night out.
They were captured on CCTV getting into a car at a petrol station on the PR-151 state motorway, with the police seeing the images on Thursday.
They managed to track down the vehicle and its 24-year-old male owner in a rural area near Brotas. He was with a 13-year-old male at the time, who was also seen in the CCTV footage.
The two were taken to the police station, where the younger suspect admitted their guilt, also telling officers his 17-year-old brother had participated in the crime.
He later pointed out the area of woodland near Morro da Onca (Onca Hill) where they had buried the victim’s bodies, with the police subsequently finding the victim’s heads 30 metres (98 feet) away from the headless corpses.
According to police spokesman Jairo Duarte Camargo, the victims were sexually abused by the eldest suspect before both were killed with gunshots and machete blows and then decapitated.
He added that before one of the victims was buried, the eldest suspect had sex with the decapitated corpse. It is not clear which victim the corpse belonged to.
According to the police, the suspects and victims were known to each other.
The police spokesman said: “They had sex with the girls, killed them, and then had sex with their headless bodies too.”
The adult suspect reportedly has priors including possession of a firearm and drug trafficking. He is currently denying all accusations.
At the time of reporting, the 17-year-old suspect was still at large.
The motive for the crime is currently unclear, but the police have reportedly ruled out femicide.
The investigation is ongoing.