Another individual suspected of participating in the kidnapping and
murder of Vitor
’s sister has been taken into custody, according to a
report from Brazilian newspaper
Diario do Grande ABC
Leonardo Luiz Batista was reportedly arrested Monday in Rio de
Janeiro in connection with Priscila Belfort’s 2004 disappearance.
Batista was captured after being placed on a most-wanted list in
February, according to the report.
Four individuals had previously been arrested for their involvement
in the crime, including Elaine Paiva, who confessed to police in
2007. Belfort’s body has never been recovered.
The January 2004 kidnapping occurred just weeks before Belfort
Couture for UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 46. In spite of
the tragedy, “The Phenom” won his first world title in 49 seconds
after he was awarded a technical knockout due to a cut.
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