Brazilian Goalkeeper Turns Himself in to Police
RIO DE JANEIRO (CBS/AP) Bruno Fernandes de Souza, the goalkeeper of the Brazilian league champion team Flamengo, has turned himself in to police on Wednesday in connection with the disappearance and possible death of his ex-girlfriend, Eliza Samudio.
A spokeswoman for Rio de Janeiro's civil police department confirmed that Souza, captain of Brazil's most popular team, and his friend Luiz Henrique Romao turned themselves over to authorities for questioning regarding the alleged abduction and murder of 25-year-old Samudio.
Police said last week they had found blood stains in Souza's home and car in Minas Gerais state, where the player grew up and where he met Samudio.
Inspector Edson Moreira confirmed to Brazilian newspaper O Globo that DNA tests proved the blood stains were those of Samudio.
Prosecutors in Rio said in a statement that a five-day preventive arrest warrant had been issued against Souza, as well as the goalie's wife Dayanne Rodrigues and Romao.
Souza's 17-year-old cousin has confessed to being involved in the abduction of Samudio. According to the prosecutors' statement, the cousin said Samudio had been strangled, and that he would help police locate her body near Souza's home in Rio. The statement provided no further information.
Rodrigues was placed under preventive arrest early on Wednesday in connection with the case.
Police have said the goalkeeper is suspected, along with two friends, of having beaten Samudio to death and hidden her body.
Samudio had this year began the legal process of trying to prove that Souza fathered her 4-month-old son.
No one has been charged with a crime. Under Brazilian law, police must complete their investigations before formal charges are filed by prosecutors.
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