Alícia MarquesAge 18
12 Feb 2022
Aparecida de Goiânia, Goiás (Brazil)
Alícia went missing on Saturday 12th February 2022 and was reportedly killed the same day.
On Friday 1st September 2023 skeletal remains found in woodland on Saturday 24th December 2022 were confirmed to be hers.
The Civil Police (PC) confirmed this Friday (1st), that the remains found in December 2022, in Aparecida de Goiânia, in the Metropolitan Region of the capital, are those of Alícia Marques, missing since February 2022. According to the mother, the student left her house, which is in Jardim Helvécia, and was then never seen again. Two men were arrested on suspicion of the crime.
Alícia disappeared on February 12, in Jardim Helvécia, in Aparecida de Goiânia. Initially, the case was investigated by delegate Luiza Veneranda, from the 1st Police District (DP). Delegate Jonatas Barbosa, from the 4th DP, took over the case and requested it be archived in January of this year. Afterwards, the investigation was summarized and concluded by delegate Fabrício Flávio, from the State Criminal Investigations Office (Deic).
"The crime was premeditated and orchestrated by the perpetrators. Today we seek to give some relief to this family, the mother waited for her daughter for 1 year and 7 months", said the police chief.
When she disappeared, Alicia was wearing light blue jeans, black heeled boots, an orange collared blouse and had red hair. Her mother said that Alicia did not say where she was going, but that she always came home the next day after leaving.
According to the police, the DNA confirmation was carried out in the last 40 days, when the case came under the care of the State Criminal Investigations Office (DEIC). The police chief explained that the crime occurred on the same day as the disappearance. The Civil Police reported that the report on the cause of death should be released next week.
The Public Ministry (MP) reported that prosecutor Simone Disconsi de Sá Campos would request additional measures, as well as the involvement of other investigative units. "She had prior access to the investigation and says that she does not agree with the request for archiving", states the agency (see full note at the end of the report).
According to the investigator, the police tried every alternative to try to locate the young woman. “All measures and all paths have been taken. Everything you do in life reaches a point where there is nothing left to do. We asked for breaches of telephone confidentiality and spoke to people who knew the young woman, but no one has any information about her,” she said.
Delegate Jonatas Barbosa detailed that searches were carried out at the Legal Medical Institute (IML), in hospitals, airports and bus stations. “We tried everything that could have been done and there is nothing left to do, until something new emerges: a witness who reports her possible whereabouts. Unfortunately, it has reached a place where we no longer have anywhere to try, so we have requested it be archived,” he explains.