Friday, 5 Mar 2021

Man ‘killed pregnant girlfriend before burning her body because he didn’t want her baby’

A MAN has been arrested after allegedly killing his young pregnant girlfriend, then savagely burning her body and faking her kidnapping, because he ‘didn’t want her baby’.

Wando Cordeiro Vasconcelos confessed to the horrendous crime when he was arrested the day after, according to reports from local media.


The 35-year-old allegedly confessed to police that he had dumped the charred body of his girlfriend, physiotherapy student Maria Efigenia Soares, in a wooded area in Chorozinho, eastern Brazil.

Efigenia went missing after leaving her family home in the north-eastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza, to go to the supermarket.

Efigenia’s mother, Jaqueline Santana, did not know about the relationship, but believed her daughter was murdered because Vasconcelos did not want her to have the baby.

She told local media: “She was going out with this guy who came here a number of times, and I asked and she said he was a friend.”

Santana also revealed that the suspect had tried to cover up the alleged crime: “She got home from the clinic where she was interning and said she was going to the shops. 

“He sent a message to her father saying she’d been kidnapped.”

Vasconcelos reportedly tried to extort BRL 20,000 (GBP 2,729) in ransom money from the family while posing as the supposed kidnapper.

This was in spite of the fact he had already allegedly killed his victim.

Santana added: “I was very sad, but at the same time I had faith in God that my daughter would be found alive. 

“But later in the afternoon I got a call from the police informing me that my daughter had been found dead.”

The suspect had since been charged with murder, concealing and desecrating a corpse, and attempted extortion through faking a kidnapping.

Vasconcelos awaited trial for his crimes in preventive detention. 

The victim’s mother told local media: “He thinks he can be greater than God and no one can.”



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