RIO DE JANEIRO – Body parts from a murder victim were found Wednesday near the spot on Copacabana beach where the beach volleyball competition will take place when Brazil’s second city hosts the 2016 Olympics in August, Jornal do Brasil reported.
Authorities have not yet determined the age or sex of the victim, the daily said on its Web site, citing Rio de Janeiro state police.
A forensics team is at the site and the investigation will be conducted by the state police homicide division.
Jornal do Brasil noted that the appearance of the body coincides with an upsurge in concern about the ability of authorities to ensure the safety of athletes and spectators attending the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The Rio de Janeiro state government recently declared a state of financial calamity and police are threatening to walk off the job if they don’t get paid, the newspaper said.