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Published On: Thu, Oct 31st, 2013

Former soccer player, João Rodrigo Silva Santos, beheaded and found by wife on doorstep

As a shocking follow-up when João Rodrigo Silva Santos didn’t arrive home Monday night as Geisa Silva found her husband’s severed head in a bag on the doorstep on Tuesday.

Santos, age 35, was a forward on several soccer teams before retiring and running a grocery store. Now Santos was the victim of a horrible and heinous act of violence.

The head was inside a backpack, eyes and tongue gouged out, according to Brazilian police.

One police official told Brazil’s O Globo newspaper that authorities are investigating whether a recent post on the store’s Facebook page could be connected to the crime. The post showed surveillance footage and asked for help catching shoplifters.

Police plan to compare the images to surveillance footage taken at the shop Monday night, chief homicide investigator Rafael Rangel told the newspaper.

The former football player was last seen Monday night, when two suspects entered his vehicle, CNN affiliate TV Record reported.

On Wednesday morning, police said they found parts of a man’s body in a river outside the city and were testing the DNA to see whether the remains belong to Santos, TV Record said.

Authorities have interviewed 10 witnesses so far in the case, police said.

Brazil hosts the 2014 World Cup, so the story is dominating headlines in the country.

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