TDoR 2020 / 2020 / May / 28 / Vicky dos Santos

Vicky dos Santos

Age 22

28 May 2020
Itu, São Paulo (Brazil)
Strangled and burnt

TDoR list ref: tgeu/2-Jul-2020/Vicky dos Santos

Vicky dos Santos
Vicky dos Santos [photo:]

Vicky's burnt body was found on Thursday 28th May. She had been strangled. On 18th June a suspect was arrested in connection with her murder.

The report by the Legal Medical Institute (IML) pointed out that the 22-year-old trans [woman] whose body was found burnt on the Estrada dos Confederados in the rural area of ​​Itu (SP) had also been strangled.

Vick Santos, as she was known, was found dead on May 28. According to the Military Police, at the time, it was not possible to identify whether the body was that of a man or a woman.

After an investigation, a 41-year-old driver was arrested on June 18 suspected of involvement in the crime after a 30-day temporary arrest warrant was issued by the 2nd Criminal Court of Itu.

According to the bulletin, the man was spotted on Avenida Itavuvu, in Sorocaba, where he ended up being approached. The suspect tried to run from the police, resisting arrest. Then he was taken to UPA 9 de Julho and sent to the police station. When asked, the man denied involvement in the crime. As the suspect's vehicle may have been used in the crime, he was also apprehended.

On 1st July two more people were arrested.

The Civil Police of Itu arrested on the night of the last Wednesday (1st), in the city of Sorocaba, a couple suspected of murdering the transsexual Vick Santos, of 22 years old, in the last day 28 of May.

The couple arrested this week was introduced to the 4th Police District of Itu, located in the Pirapitingui region, and the man confessed to having murdered Vick after a fight, claiming self-defense, while his wife, who owned [the house] in which the victim resided, in Sorocaba, is said to have helped her husband to take the body to the location where it was found.

Just this week, the report from the Legal Medical Institute of Sorocaba (IML), pointed out that the charred victim was previously strangled. The three suspects remain in prison and the case remains secret from the courts.

On 28th August 2020 a judge ordered the preventative arrest of Douglas José Gonçalves and Natasha Oliveira for the crimes of murder and concealment of a corpse.A jury trial should follow.

Report added: 2 Jul 2020. Last updated: 19 May 2021

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