Police discover author of murder of girl Beatriz in Petrolina after six years of investigation

A seven-year-old girl was killed with 42 stab wounds; parents even went on pilgrimage to Recife to demand measures from the government of Pernambuco

Reproduction / Instagram / @Caso_BeatrizBeatriz was killed with 42 stab wounds after going out to drink water during her sister’s graduation event in elementary school

A Civil police from Pernambuco identified a suspect murder the girl Beatriz Angélica Mota, seven years old, in 2015, in the city of Petrolina. The identification was made through DNA found on the knife used to commit the crime. The suspect, whose name is Marcelo da Silva and is 40 years old, was already in prison for other crimes in the city of Salgueiro and confessed to the girl’s murder. Beatriz was attending her sister’s graduation at Colégio Nossa Senhora Auxiliadora, where she was also studying, when she moved away from her parents to drink water. The girl took a long time to return and was sought after; she was found half an hour later, already dead, in an empty classroom, with 42 stab wounds on her body. The crime took place on December 10, 2015.

Since then, the murder has remained unsolved, and the process has accumulated 24 volumes, 442 testimonies and 900 hours of analyzed images. The current governor of Pernambuco, Paulo Câmara (PSB), created a task force in 2019 to investigate the case, but still little progress has been made. In December 2021, the girl’s parents even made a pilgrimage of 712 kilometers on foot, from Petrolina to Recife, to personally ask the governor to resolve the case. According to the Pernambuco Department of Social Defense, the identification of the criminal took place after new steps, which involved confrontation with a genetic profile bank, before talking to the suspect. He confessed and was indicted. It is not yet known what the motive for the murder was.

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