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The goalkeeper was a fugitive from the law, suspected of involvement in the recent disappearance of an ex-girlfriend.

Fugitive Flamengo goalkeeper Bruno has handed himself over to the authorities, after a warrant was issued earlier today in Rio de Janeiro state for his arrest.

Rio Homicide Division delegate Felipe Ettore released a statement informing that the 'keeper handed himself in to police in Andarai, in the northern zone of Rio de Janeiro. Ettore added that Bruno, who was accompanied by friend and fellow suspect Luiz Henrique Ferreira Romao, known as Macarrao, was suspected of ordering the kidnap of ex-girlfriend Eliza Samudio.

The crime itself, according to Ettore is alleged to have been carried out by Macarrao and an unnamed 17-year-old.

Eliza Samudio went missing a month ago and authorities believe that she was kidnapped and murdered, although police are yet to find a body. Around the time she disappeared Samudio had renewed efforts to force the goalkeeper into a DNA test, in order to determine the parentage of her four-month old baby.

O Globo reports that authorities acted after they received a statement from the 17-year-old youth who was allegedly involved in the kidnapping in the city of Belo Horizonte. According to the youth he and Macarroa were taking Samudio to Bruno's house when they argued and the youth beat the 25-year-old repeatedly in the head with a gun, allegedly belonging to Macarroa.

The unidentified teenager also asserted that Samudio was now dead, although he would not divulge where the body was or who killed her. A test later taken from the truck used to kidnap the young lady found traces of blood on the inside, although it is yet to be confirmed if it is from the alleged victim.

When police officers turned up to Bruno's house with the arrest warrant however they found it empty, and the goalkeeper was officially declared a fugitive. They also took Bruno's current wife Dayane Rodriguez Sousa into custody for suspected involvement in the case.

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