Marcia Martins Miranda, 41-year-old, was allegedly buried alive in an abandoned building in Rio Pequeno area, Sao Paulo, Brazil, by her parent’s-in-laws to enable them get custody of her children.
The woman was found underneath a concrete slab, after having arranged to meet her in-laws at a bank to help her open a new account for her children.
Marcia, a social services manager, only recently separated from her partner.
Her lifeless body was found in the house said to have been rented by her parents-in-law, Fernando Antonio Martins de Oliveira, 62, and Maria Izilda Pereira Miranda, 60.
It was gathered that her parents-in-law hatched their plan because they were obsessed with the children and wanted to ‘have them as their own.’
Investigator Mario Sergio de Oliveira Pinto reported: “She was convinced to get into the car and see the house.
“They went into the house and probably in the back room, they attacked the victim with a blow to the head, from there she could have been buried alive or asphyxiated.”
He said he believed the parents-in-law had “absolutely” calculated the crime, saying they “dug very deep” and placed a concrete slab on top of her body once it had been buried.
He further said, ‘The suspects rented the property three weeks before the victim disappeared.
They had all the equipment to bore a deep hole and materials to lay a concrete slab on top of the grave to cover the smell of the corpse.
“It appears they wanted to raise the children as their own. Relatives told us they even got the kids to call them mum and dad instead of grandma and grandpa.”
The lifeless body was reportedly found in a plastic bag.
Both suspects were remanded in police custody and investigators say their son, the victim’s husband, was not involved in the criminal act.