Missing Soap Opera Star Found Dead, Buried in Backyard of Home

The family of the late Jefferson Machado, the famous soap opera star from the religious telenovela, “Reis”, has confirmed the discovery of his body in a trunk buried in the backyard of a home in Rio de Janeiro. 

Machado had gone missing on January 26th in the Campo Grande neighborhood, with the Civil Police of Rio de Janeiro State issuing an alert to the public on February 9th. It is believed

The family of the renowned soap opera star from the religious telenovela “Reis”, Jefferson Machado, who disappeared on January 26th in Rio de Janeiro’s Campo Grande neighborhood, has confirmed the discovery of his body in a trunk buried in a backyard. His mother reported him missing after finding his eight dogs alone, and because of peculiar text messages sent to her at the end of January.

The lawyer of the family released a public statement, saying that the preliminary information showed signs of strangulation, and added, “This tragic event has deeply saddened us and has caused indignation for the suffering Jeff had to face. As his lawyer, I must make sure that all those responsible for this crime are held accountable and duly punished and that the family of Jeff gets the support they need in this difficult time.”

The Instagram account of the actor, now managed by a family friend, posted a tribute to him and declared, “Jefferson was cruelly killed by envious, wicked and of course, unscrupulous people.” A memorial service for Machado was held last Saturday, but no arrests have been reported by the police.