The dismembered body parts of a British teenager who was allegedly murdered and cut up by her boyfriend in a drug-fuelled frenzy have been found, police say.
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Cara Marie Burke with Mohamed D’Ali Carvalho dos Santos
The remains of Cara Marie Burke, 17, were found in the town of Bonfinopolis in centralÂ Brazil.
They were located near to where her Brazilian boyfriend, Mohammed D’Ali dos Santos, 20, said he had thrown them in a bag, police chief Carlos Raimundo Batista said.
Cara’s torso was discovered last Tuesday in her suitcase near a river in the nearby city of Goiania, where Santos and she had shared an apartment for a couple of months before their break-up a few weeks ago.
On Sunday an unemployed man found Cara’s left leg in a creek in Bonfinopolis, leading police to the spot where the other remains were recovered.
Santos, according to police, has confessed to the crime, saying he fatally stabbed Cara on July 26 because she was going to reveal his cocaine habit to his family and to police.
Santos has apparently confessed
Detectives also suspect he acted in anger because he was unable to get Cara to marry him in order to get him a visa to live in Britain. His mother lives in London, as does Cara’s.
Santos allegedly cut up Cara’s body the day after her murder and disposed of the remains in two different locations. An initial search for the limbs and head on Friday failed to turn up anything.
Police said that immediately after his arrest, Santos confessed to the murder and mutilation, and tried to offer a bribe to be let go.
Santos changed his story several times while speaking to the press, at one point saying he “did not exactly” kill Cara.
However, Brazilian police said Santos officially signed a confession on Friday and that they had retrieved the knife and gloves used in the crime.
Santos’s mobile phone also allegedly contained photographs of Cara’s dismembered body.