A woman who had gone missing was discovered buried under a concrete-covered wall.
Joice Maria da Gloria Rodrigue, a student who lived in Sao Vicente, Brazil, with her husband and two daughters, was reported missing on September 27 after visiting her grandfather.
Her body was discovered at a building site on Tuesday, October 5, after a builder smelled her decomposing body.
After punching a hole in the wall, police discovered Joice’s naked body with a t-shirt around her neck.
Police arrested two suspects, a bricklayer, 56, and a 35-year-old contractor, working on the building site.
Police said the contractor denied any wrongdoing, but the bricklayer confessed to killing the young woman and concealing her corpse, implicating his colleague in the crimes.
According to local media, he also told the police he had maintained consensual sexual relations with the woman before her death.
However, detectives have not ruled out the possibility of sexual abuse.
They are awaiting the findings of the post-mortem to determine if any crime of a sexual nature was committed.
Police chief Thiago Nemi Bonametti, heading the investigation, believes there was an argument at the site between the young woman and the contractor.
According to Bonametti, the contractor first started to strangle the woman before he asked for help from his colleague, who then assisted him.
After allegedly killing the woman, he said both suspects concreted her up in the wall.
He added the two men are believed to have continued working on the site for several days as if nothing had happened.
Police also seized plastic containers used to store cocaine and a bag containing knickers from the crime scene.
The two men remain in preventive custody as the investigation continues.