Wow, I can’t even imagine what this poor woman is going through. Former Brazilian soccer player Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos’ head (without eyes and tongue) was found of the front doorstep by his wife this morning. There were witnesses that saw armed men kidnap Joao on Monday. Joao’s wife is a policewoman and investigators are looking into whether it’s related to one of her cases. Just so sad. Details after the jump…
Police in Brazil have launched a manhunt after the severed head of a former professional footballer was left on the doorstep of his home.
The horrified wife of Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos, 35, made the gruesome discovery as she left the house in Rio de Janeiro for work early yesterday morning.
The player’s eyes and tongue had been cut out and his head placed inside one of his own rucksacks, police said.
Mr Santos retired from football two years ago after a successful career playing for several teams in Rio de Janeiro, as well as for clubs in Sweden and Honduras. He had recently set up his own business selling health foods and dietary supplements.
Police said today that Mr Santos is believed to have been snatched from outside the shop he had opened in the Realengo district of Rio as he closed up at around 7.45pm on Monday.
Witnesses said they saw several men bundling him into his car, a Hyundai i30, and speeding off just before midnight, a spokesman said. He was reported missing by his wife at 9pm on Monday.
‘She was getting ready to go to work at around 5.30am when she heard a noise, opened the front door and saw his rucksack.
‘When she opened it she discovered it contained his head.
‘I did not want to look but the people who saw it said they had gouged out his eyes and cut off his tongue,’ said the horrified relative.
Neighbours living close to the crime scene reported hearing a woman screaming: ‘My God, it’s Joao! It’s Joao’s head.’