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Angelica Aparecida Vieira was witnessed being taken on Monday afternoon local time in Campina Grande, Brazil, but regional police have confirmed that she is back with her family

The sister of Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk has returned home safely after being kidnapped.

Angelica Aparecida Vieira was witnessed being taken at 14:00 local time in Campina Grande, Brazil on Monday, but on Tuesday, police confirmed the 22-year-old was back at her family home at around noon.

The sibling of the Brazil forward was in a car outside the restaurant where she works when she was taken. Her friend, Helio Pereira da Silva, was with her at the time and said that the vehicle was left on the spot during the crime.

Hulk - who is currently out injured for approximately another two weeks - was advised by local police not to travel back to South America from Brazil, and his media representatives confirmed this would be the case.

The former Porto star's family did not make any statements during Ms Vieira's absence.

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