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Actor Jefferson Machado found dead in trunk buried at Rio home

Soap opera actor Jefferson Machado, who disappeared nearly five months ago, has been found dead in the trunk of a home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A family friend named Cintia Hilsendeger confirmed the actor’s death on his Instagram page.

“It is with great regret that we inform you that Jeff was found dead on May 22, 2023,” she wrote In a heartbreaking post.

The body of the 44-year-old man was found strapped in a wooden box wrapped in concrete and buried 6 feet below the backyard of a house in the Campo Grande neighborhood, authorities said. G1 report.

“His arms were tied behind his head and he was buried in a crate very similar to the one in his own home,” Jairo Magalhães, the family’s lawyer, said in a statement. According to R7 News.

According to the lawyer, after fingerprinting, there was a “line” on the neck of the corpse, indicating that it was strangled.

Jefferson Machado in an undated photo.
Jefferson Machado was officially reported missing in February.

Police footage showed the suitcase being dug out of the ground – a task that reportedly required nine people to complete, According to the Daily Mail.

Police are currently investigating a man renting the property while the investigation is ongoing. The unidentified suspect, who reportedly knew Machado, was last seen entering the house about a month ago.

“Jefferson was murdered in cold blood and brutality by jealous, evil and, of course, unscrupulous people,” family friend Cintia Hilsendeger wrote on the actor’s Instagram account.

It marked the end of a long and tragic saga that began after the Rio de Janeiro native disappeared in January, with police reporting he was last seen in Campo Grande.

Machado poses in an undated photo.
Machado was buried in a wooden box wrapped in concrete, in the backyard of a family in Rio de Janeiro.

Machado’s family learned of his disappearance after an NGO contacted them and informed them that his eight dogs had been abandoned at home.

Over the next few months, the family received text messages from someone they believed to be posing as an actor.

Machado’s mother, Maria das Dores, said she found the letter suspicious because it was riddled with spelling errors and didn’t sound like her son.

She also stopped receiving calls from him, which the alleged imposter claimed was because he “dropped his phone in the toilet,” Dorres claimed.

The family grew concerned after noticing that Machado’s cloud password had been changed and his location tracking had been disabled.

Authorities unearthed the box in which Machado was buried.
It took nine people to dig the box out of the ground.

Machado was born in Araranguá and began his studies as an actor in 1997.

He notably starred in the 2021 film “Efeito Placibo”, which he also co-wrote. In one of his last roles before his death, Machado played a philistine on the 2022 soap opera “Reese.”

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