Pregnant firefighter found murdered with her body on fire after 'secret lover wanted her to have an abortion'

A MISSING firefighter has been discovered dead with her badly burned body still on fire after her family launched a search to find her.

Tassila Kenha, 24, was in the early stages of pregnancy and had rowed with a secret lover who wanted her to have an abortion, say reports in Brazil.

Tassila had recently finished her training as a firefighter in Tomé-açu, in the north of the country.

Last Wednesday morning she went missing after telling her family she was on the way to the bank.

As relatives began scouring the area, they heard the heartbreaking news a body had been discovered on a rural road outside the town.

The charred corpse was still on fire after apparently being set alight, according to reports.

It was later confirmed to be Tassila's body and detectives began a homicide investigation.

Tassila's family told cops she was pregnant by an unnamed boyfriend, who had wanted her to get an abortion but she refused.

Police examined CCTV from the area as they tried to track her last movements.

The last confirmed sighting of the victim was speaking to a mystery man in a red car at a petrol station.

Detectives later arrested property tycoon Gilvan de Barros Pinheiro, 46, on suspicion of murder.

Bank records showed he had transferred 900 reals (£123) to Tassila, which investigators believe was to pay for a termination.

He is said to have told cops he was in a relationship with the victim for five months, and that he did not know if the child was his.

Gilvan was due to be quizzed by a leading investigator in the presence of his lawyer before the case was put before a judge.

The investigation continues, with detectives reportedly seeking to find out if anyone else was involved, according to local paper O Liberal.

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, where you call 999 and press ‘55’ if you can’t safely speak.
  • Always keep some money or a bank card on you, including change in case you need a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to move towards an exit if you are inside the house and get your phone in case you need to call for help.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other potential weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom.

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available every day from 10am-6pm or email [email protected]

SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.


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