State Department Contractor Strangled in Brazil

State Department contractor strangled in Brazil

A State Department contractor was strangled to death in Brazil.

While on vacation in Brazil, Victoria Tcaciuc, 38, was found strangled to death in her rio hotel room last week. Tcaciuc, a Moldova-native-turned-US-citizen, was working as a financial analyst in the Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, D.C.. This was her dream vacation turned tragic.

According to ABC News, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell offered his condolences:

“We were deeply saddened to learn of the death of Department of State contractor Victoria Tcaciuc. We express our deepest condolences to her friends and loved ones. Officials from the US Consulate in Rio de Janeiro are providing all appropriate consular assistance.”

Rivaldo Barbosa heads the homicide division of the Rio de Janiero police. Barbosa says that Victoria Tcaciuc was found dead in her hotel room by employees on February 20. Alessandro Rufino Oliveira Carvalho has been arrested as a prime suspect in the homicide investigation. Barbosa says Carvalho was seen entering and leaving Tcaciuc’s hotel room.

According to the New York Times, Alessandro Rufino Oliveira Carvalho says he was in Victoria Tcaciuc’s room that day, but did not kill her. Rivaldo Barbosa told reporters that Tcaciuc and Carvalho met at a crafts fair, had lunch and then retreated to her hotel room. It was there that Barbosa believes she may have been strangled after refusing to have sex with Carvalho.

The United States is not involved with the investigation, Patrick Ventrell says, but is cooperating with authorities in Brazil for the homicide investigation. Ventrell said Victoria Tcaciuc was in Brazil on vacation, and not on business:

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“She was there on personal travel. This was not an official State Department delegation, she was there on a personal visit.”

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