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Mother-of-one, 21, was forced to dig her own grave before being murdered on a Brazilian beach ‘after the killer feared she would report his drug dealing’

  • Police in Santa Catarina, Brazil, discovered the body of Amanda Albach buried on a beach last Friday
  • The discovery was made a day after the alleged killer confessed to the murder
  • The suspect told Santa Catarina police that he forced the 21-year-old to dig her own grave and shot her twice before burying her on Nov. 15.
  • The incident happened a day after the mother attended a friend’s birthday party in the town of Florianópolis in Santa Catarina.
  • The suspect told police he was upset and worried he would be in legal trouble for drug trafficking after Albach took a photo of his gun at her boyfriend’s house
  • The Santa Catarina has 30 days to complete the investigation and formally charge the suspect, whose name has not been released to the press.










Police in Brazil’s Santa Catarina excavated Amanda Albach from a beach where she was buried on Nov. 15 after being shot. The suspect who was arrested led authorities to the cemetery last Friday after telling investigators he forced the 21-year-old woman to make her own grave.

A Brazilian woman had to dig her own grave before being shot and buried on a beach in southern Brazil, police say.

Amanda Albach, 21, was excavated from South Beach in Laguna, Santa Catarina, last Friday, nearly three weeks after her family reported her missing.

The alleged killer, one of three people taken into custody last Thursday, led the Santa Catarina Civil Police to the secret cemetery after confessing to the murder.

The suspect, whose name was not released publicly, told investigators he executed Albach because he feared she could have gotten him into legal trouble after taking a photo of his gun, according to Brazilian outlet G1.

“The motivation will be determined with the whole context, but one of the (suspects) under investigation in particular felt uncomfortable because Amanda was alleged to have told about his involvement in the drug trade and taken a picture of his gun,” said police chief Bruno. Fernandes. “He didn’t like the situation and chose to kill her.”

Police dig through sand as they search for Amanda Albach's body

Police dig through sand as they search for Amanda Albach’s body

Amanda Albach's last post on her Facebook account on Nov. 13, two days before she was executed in the Brazilian city of Laguna

Amanda Albach’s last post on her Facebook account on Nov. 13, two days before she was executed in the Brazilian city of Laguna

Albach, a mother of a two-year-old girl, attended a friend’s birthday party at her home in Santa Catarina on Nov. 14.

Her boyfriend’s brother, the suspect, is said to have become angry in the evening after he saw her take a picture of his gun.

The victim appears to have spent the night and the next day the suspect drove for almost two hours with Albach to South Beach in Laguna.

The gunman then had Albach exhume her own grave before shooting her twice and covering her body with the sand.

Before her death, around 8:15 PM local time, Albach sent her niece a voicemail message via WhatsApp letting them know she would return to her hometown in Curitiba the next day.

“Hello, I’m leaving,” Albach said in the voice message. “I got the Uber today so I can leave. I’m leaving already, I’ll be home at sunrise.’

Police officers in Brazil's Santa Catarina search for the body of Amanda Albach on the beach where she was forced to dig her own grave

Police officers in Brazil’s Santa Catarina search for the body of Amanda Albach on the beach where she was forced to dig her own grave

Amanda Albach informed her niece that she would return home the morning of November 16, a day before she was forced to dig her own grave on a beach in Brazil's Santa Catarina, where she was shot dead the night before.

Amanda Albach informed her niece that she would return home the morning of November 16, a day before she was forced to dig her own grave on a beach in Brazil’s Santa Catarina, where she was shot dead the night before.

Her family became suspicious of the voice message after hearing the wind in the background and eventually contacted police on November 19 to report a missing person.

A Santa Catarina court has released the two other suspects after police investigators determined Albach’s boyfriend and the woman’s boyfriend were not involved in the crime.

The civil police have 30 days to complete their investigation and formally charge the suspect, who is still in prison.

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