Jefferson Machado, a Brazilian actor who has been missing for several months, was found dead in a wooden box outside a house in Rio de Janeiro, according to a report from the New York Post. His family friend, Cintia Hilsendeger, posted a message on the actor’s Instagram page confirming his death. “It is with great sadness that we report that Jeff was found dead on 05/22/2023,” she wrote.
The 44-year-old man’s body was found chained and packed inside a wooden box that had been covered with concrete and buried six feet under the backyard of a home, according to authorities.
“Her arms were tied behind her head and buried in a trunk very similar to the ones in her own house,” said the family’s lawyer, Jairo Magalhaes. The lawyer stated that the body was identified through fingerprints and had a “scratch” on the neck, indicating that it had been strangled.
“Jefferson was brutally murdered by people who were jealous, evil and of course unscrupulous. More information coming soon. The RJ Township Police did an excellent job! Thank you so much to everyone who helped with every little detail,” the family added. On Instagram.
According to the outlet, police are currently investigating a man who had rented the property. The suspect was last seen entering the home approximately a month ago. He also notes that he allegedly knew Mr. Machado.
The actor’s family found out about his kidnapping after a non-governmental organization contacted them to inform them that their eight dogs had been abandoned at their home. For several months, the family continued to receive text messages from someone they thought was posing as Machado. His mother, Maria Das Dores, said she was suspicious of the email because he was full of spelling mistakes and didn’t sound like her son.