Elderly Finns executed in Brazil

A retired Finnish couple and their friend have been found shot dead in a sugar cane field near their winter home in Brazil.

The bodies of the 72 year-old former surgeon, his 68 year-old wife and a 60 year-old nurse, all from Savonlinna, southeast Finland, were found near the city of João Pessoa on Friday 2nd December.

The couple were in the process of selling their house but had run into difficulties, according to reports. “Differences in income are great, and it has led to a situation in which they did not have a caretaker for the house in the summer,” a former colleague of the man told Helsingin Sanomat.

All valuables were left with the bodies, suggesting that the motive for the killings was not robbery. According to Helsingin Sanomat, they may be connected to the financial arrangements of the impending sale.

A local man is thought to have been struggling to find the money for the purchase, but the couple apparently told a friend earlier in the year that they thought the buyer to be a trustworthy person.

The National Bureau of Investigation and the Finnish Embassy will now receive reports from the local police about the progress of the investigation.