Hunt for ex-boyfriend as woman’s body found in fridge in Brazil

Brazilian authorities launch manhunt for ex-boyfriend of a woman, 30, whose body was found stuffed inside her own refrigerator a month after she broke up with him

  • Elisângela Vespermann, 30, was found inside a refrigerator at her apartment in Brazil
  • Her 43-year-old estranged husband made the discovery on Wednesday 
  • Cops are looking for a 26-year-old man who dated Vaspermann for four months
  • She filed a police report after her ex-boyfriend threatened her in June  

Police in southeastern Brazil are searching for the boyfriend of a woman whose body was found stuffed inside her apartment’s refrigerator.

The gruesome discovery of Elisângela Vespermann, 30, was made Wednesday by her 43-year-old estranged husband, who visited her residence in Belo Horizonte.

Authorities did not release the name of Vespermann’s 26-year-old ex-boyfriend, but did say he lived in the nearby city of Sete Lagoas.

According to Brazilian newspaper Estado de Minas, the military police said the 30-year-old woman was wearing a dress with no underwear and her body showed signs of strangulation and had bruises in her face and arms. 

Vespermann was last seen Friday at a cafe where she worked at in the Belo Horizonte neighborhood of Gurani. The same day the suspect visited the shop looking for her.

Authorities in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, are looking for a 26-year-old man who has been linked to the murder of Elisângela Vespermann (pictured) whose body was found inside a refrigerator at her home Wednesday

Investigators said Vespermann had filed a police report in June following a domestic violence incident in which her ex-boyfriend threatened her after she called off their four-month old relationship. The man reportedly also made violent threats against Vaspermann’s family members. 

Her husband, whom she was married to for 12 years, said he last saw her June 15 and and had not spoken to her since last week. 

He was accompanied by his brother and sister-in-law and went to Vaspermann’s apartment to retrieve some documents that she was holding for him and required the help of a locksmith because he did not have the keys.

Vespermann’s husband was searching for the documents when he saw that the refrigerator was taped up and its door facing the kitchen wall. He pried the door open and found his wife. 

Neighbors did not report any noises or foul odors from Vespermann’s apartment to building the building management or authorities. 

‘She was a very beautiful girl. She was well-groomed but she never spoke to anyone,’ said a building tenant, who wished to remain anonymous. ‘I am upset about her death.’