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Missing trans woman found dead by river one week after going missing

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The body of a missing transgender woman has been found beside the banks of a river one week after first going missing.

Tragic Alice Garrefa was last seen alive getting into a white car outside a motel in Brazil on 3 August – but her body was discovered next to the Piracicaba River on 10 August.

The grim discovery was made in the municipality of Campinas in the southern Brazilian state of Sao Paulo, with Alice’s mother, Lucimar Garrefa, breaking the news to local media on Monday.

Alice – who worked as a make-up artist was last seen leaving a motel in the city of Ribeirao Preto on over a week ago.

Friends raised the alarm last Tuesday when they could not reach Alice after trying to contact her by phone but the device was turned off.

Her body was transferred to the town of Sertaozinho this Tuesday ahead of her funeral.

The Secretariat of Public Security says an investigation is ongoing into the death of the make-up artist but has been unable to share further information as the investigation gets underway.

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While the deceased’s mother has reportedly told police she was concerned that her daughter’s life had allegedly been threatened by an ex-lover after their relationship had soured.

Lucimar claims her daughter had been dating a man from Florianopolis in the state of Santa Catarina.

No arrests have yet been made following the discovery of Alice’s body.

The life expectancy of trans women in Brazil has been reported in the past as being just 30-years-old with a high rate of violence towards the community reported.

Aljazeera states Brazil has "the greatest number of murdered trans people in the world" and claims official statistics could be lower than the true figure of trans murder due to a lack of documentation.

Carla LaGata, lead researcher for Transrespect versus Transphobia Worldwide previously stated: "Brazil is still the country with the highest absolute numbers."

While a report by her organisation suggested transphobic murders were related to the end of president João Goulart’s reign in 1985 after he was deposed by a military coup.

The report – published by Transgender Europe – stated: "Gender-variant/trans people became a target of military repression, as they were seen to pose a threat to 'Brazilian family morals’."

Brazil’s current president, Jair Bolsonaro has sparked outrage over his anti-LGBT+ stance since coming to power in 2019.

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