Seven-months pregnant mother, 24, is found dead with her womb cut out in ‘macabre ritual’ in Brazil
- Mutilated corpse of Ohana Karolin, 24, was found by a passer-by in Brazil
- Her womb had been cut out in the horror killing in the state of Sao Paolo
- Police said a ‘macabre sacrifice ritual’ could have taken place
A pregnant woman has been found butchered with her genitals mutilated and her stomach ripped open in Brazil in what police believe may have been a ritual killing.
Ohana Karolin, 24, a mother-of-three from the municipality of Mogi Guacu in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, was seven months pregnant with her fourth child when she was killed on Wednesday.
Passers-by saw her maimed corpse with the womb cut out in Portal dos Lagos and alerted police, an area which is surrounded by evangelical churches of different denominations.
A pregnant woman has been found butchered with her stomach ripped open in Brazil in what police believe may have been a ritual killing
Police found the body of Ohana Karolin, 24, who was reportedly seven months pregnant in the municipality of Mogi Guacu
The mother was only wearing a T-shirt and officers discovered shorts, a pair of flip-flops and a number of coins lying next to her mutilated body.
Investigators said a ‘macabre ritual’ in which the woman was ‘sacrificed’ is one of their lines of enquiry.
They immediately called her ex-husband, the father of her children, to identify the body after her corpse was found.
Police are also investigating whether a partner or boyfriend could be behind the brutal killing.
A friend told local news site UOL: ‘She met a kind of tough gang. I even moved away from her a little bit because of that.
‘But I don’t know what happened. She was really nice, she didn’t have a bad time. Everyone liked her.’
In Portal dos Lagos, services and vigils are regularly held in open air in the devout Catholic country.
She was only wearing a T-shirt when officers discovered shorts, a pair of flip-flops and a number of coins lying next to her mutilated body
Investigators said a ‘macabre ritual’ in which the woman was ‘sacrificed’ is one of their lines of enquiry
Meanwhile, one of her friends claimed she saw Ohana inside a black car around midnight on the day of the crime.
Other witnesses confirmed seeing what appeared to be the same vehicle near the crime scene at around 3am the same day.
The police initiated an investigation concerning the incident and are waiting for a follow-up analysis from the Legal Medical Institute and the Institute of Criminalistics.
The crime was registered as a homicide at the Mogi Guacu General Investigations Police Station.