Missing soap actor Jefferson Machado found dead in a buried trunk in Brazil
Jefferson Machado’s body was tied up and stuffed inside a wooden trunk that was buried six feet beneath the concrete floor of an outhouse in the western Rio de Janeiro neighborhood of Campo Grande on Monday, police said.
Authorities were able to confirm the 44-year-old’s body through fingerprints Wednesday.
What happened to Jefferson Machado?
South American soap opera star Jefferson Machado, known for his role in Reis, made headlines in January 2023 after he was reported missing.
No one had seen or heard from him since January 27, and it was not until May that his family received answers.
On May 22, Brazilian authorities discovered Machado’s body stuffed in a trunk, encased in cement, according to local media outlet R7.
“He had his arms tied behind his head and buried in a trunk that is very similar to the ones in his own house,” the family’s lawyer, Jairo Magalhães, said in a statement, via the New York Post.
The trunk was buried six feet in the ground in the backyard of a house in the Campo Grande neighborhood.
Jefferson Machado cause of death
After Machado’s body was discovered, his family’s lawyer confirmed the star’s death in a Facebook statement.
“It is with regret that I share the sad news of the passing of actor Jeff Machado, whose body was found with strangulation signs,” the statement read.
“This discovery confronts us with the cruelty present in our society, motivating us to seek truth and justice in the face of such impactful cases.”
“…This situation deeply saddens us and indignant in the face of the suffering faced by Jeff,” the statement continued.
“My commitment as a lawyer is to seek tirelessly for truth and justice. It is my responsibility to ensure that everyone involved in this brutal crime is held accountable and punished, and that Jeff’s family finds the support they need to get through this very painful time.”
Despite confirming his death, a cause was not provided.
Who killed Jefferson Machado?
At this time, Jefferson Machado’s death is still being investigated.
No suspects have been named, but authorities are looking into the actor’s friend, who rented the house where Machado’s body was discovered, according to PEOPLE.
Meanwhile, His distraught mother, Maria das Dores, has claimed that her son was hoodwinked by conmen who promised him acting success at a top network while taking his money.
Das Dores says the pair killed Machado – who was found with a wire around his throat – so that they could take his car, house and funds from a lawsuit he had recently won.
‘He believed in these false friends who led him to believe he was going to make it, even taking money (him),’ das Dores told local outlet G1. ‘He was deceived, totally deceived, he died thinking he was going to join Globo.’