Mutilated Body Washes Up on Shore at Rio’s Olympic Beach Volleyball Venue


RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – JUNE 29: A police officer kneels over a body part, covered in a plastic bag, which was discovered on Copacabana Beach near the Olympic beach volleyball venue on June 29, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

On Wednesday a mutilated body washed up on Rio de Janeiro’s famous Copacabana Beach. It was discovered by a street vendor just meters away from the Olympic beach volleyball stadium currently under construction.

If you believe in omens, this is certainly a very bad one.

Police say at this point it is not possible to say whether the victim is male or female. They also do not know what sorts of conditions may have caused the mutilation, and thus whether foul play is suspected. Given Rio’s recent and highly publicized surge in violent crime, one is inclined to assume the worst. But it’s also possible this death was the result of some sort of misadventure.

Whatever the cause, Wednesday’s discovery is certainly unnerving. In addition to rising crime, Rio is also reeling from a fiscal crisis that has left its citizens without sufficient emergency and medical services. On Monday, tourists arriving at the airport were greeted with a sign welcoming them to hell.

A mutilated body washed up on the beach may not be the last thing the city needed, but it’s certainly close to the bottom of the list.

Hat Tip – [The Guardian]

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