The General Institute of Forensics must now clarify the cause of death of dentist Bárbara Machado Padilha, 32, whose body was found on Wednesday afternoon in a long difficult to access, about 300 meters from BR 158, in Santa Maria. An IGP team was at the scene after being called by the Civil Police, which is awaiting the reports for inclusion in the investigation conducted by delegates Sandro Meinerz and Adriano de Rossi after the victim’s disappearance last Saturday afternoon in Tupanciretã, where he lived with her husband . The necropsy was performed at the Medical-Legal Post of Santa Maria. In Porto Alegre, the IGP’s Laboratory Expertise Department performs the complementary exams.
The body was located thanks to one of the sniffer dogs of the 4th Military Fire Brigade. The animals acted in the you seek since last Monday. The work also mobilized the Civil Police and the Highway Police. An indication that the victim could be in the region was the discovery of footprints of boots compatible with the one used by the dentist. The last trace of her cell phone signal, verified early Sunday morning, also pointed to the area. The dentist’s device and bag were not found.
In an official note, the Civil Police observed that “the body showed no signs of violence, only scratches resulting from the extremely closed and dense forest that it crossed to reach that place”. The institution recalled that it took more than 80 hours of work, which involved civil police from the Tupanciretã DP, DPHPP from Santa Maria, DEAM from Santa Maria, SIPAC from the Regional Police Station, Fire Department and PRF.
According to the dentist’s family, she has exhibited unusual behavior in recent days. She was quiet and had stopped attending the gym and beauty salon. “We tried to take her to a psychologist, but she didn’t accept,” recalled the husband. His burial took place on Thursday morning in Tupanciretã.
An official three-day mourning was decreed in the victim’s city. “The Municipality of Tupanciretã, regrets the loss of Dr. Bárbara Padilha, and shows solidarity with the bereaved family. Considering the intense involvement of the community in monitoring the case, and also the national proportion that was formed about the disappearance of a Tupanciretan citizen. The consternation is collective… The Municipality decreed three days of official mourning as a sign of regret for the death of Dr. Bárbara Machado Padilha – Surgeon-Dentist ”, the Tupanciretã City Hall posted in an official note signed by Mayor Carlos Augusto Brum de Souza.
Bárbara Machado Padilha was last seen on Saturday night at the Castelinho interchange, at the junction of ERS 509, BR 158 and BR 392, in Santa Maria. She stayed for about half an hour at a gas station convenience store and left on foot bound for Avenida Osvaldo Cruz.
Images from an on-site surveillance camera at the facility show that the victim was alone when leaving the facility after buying chocolate and water. The dentist had also been seen crossing a bridge and then a security camera from a commercial establishment caught her walking alone, in a dark place, in the direction of where she was located.
Last Saturday afternoon, the dentist left her husband’s law office in the central area of Tupanciretã. She did not arrive at the couple’s residence. About two hours later, the husband went home and did not find her. The bag with documents was not taken along. The door was open and the key was lying on the floor. Barbara had hired an application driver who works with an executive car to take her from Tupanciretã to Santa Maria.