A couple have been accused of burying their daughter-in-law ALIVE to gain custody of their grandchildren.
Marcia Miranda’s body was found almost two metres underneath a newly built patio in a rented house near Sao Paulo, Brazil after she split with her partner – the couple’s son – and father of her two children.
It is alleged Maria Izilda, 60, and Fernando de Oliveira, 62, hatched their plan because they were obsessed with the children and wanted to “have them as their own”.
Ms Miranda was reported missing on October 2 after she arranged to meet the couple at a bank to organise opening a new account for her children, a four-year-old son and nine-month-old daughter, local media have reported.
But authorities believe she may have been lured into the car under the pretense of seeing the property, which had been rented for the sole purpose of burying the body.
And when her body was found it was so badly decomposed, cops said, the mum-of-two could only be identified through her fingerprints.
Police believe she may have been buried alive and are waiting on the results of forensic examinations from the Legal Medical Institute (IML) to determine her cause of death.
Detective Mário Sérgio de Oliveira Pinto said:
“We believe Marcia was lured to her death by the suspects on the pretext that they had rented a property for her and the children to move into after she separated from their son.
“She was invited to enter their car to see the house, there they got access to the property and probably in the last room they hit the victim with a blow to the head, and from there she may have been buried alive or asphyxiated.”
Investigators said Ms Miranda had marks to her head and neck.