The Brazilian miner who was found murdered at a Cuyuni mining camp in Guyana on Monday may have been living a double life and local investigators are now in contact with Brazilian Police as they probe the latest development.
The man, Antonio DaSilva, was found shot to death just outside his mining camp. The camp was reportedly attacked by a Brazilian gang. While his employees were beaten, he was the only one shot dead. The gunmen left the area with a large quantity of gold after shooting DaSilva dead.
But his death and the search for clues about the criminal gang have revealed that Dasilva may not have been the man’s real name and he only started to use the name after he escaped prison in Brazil and settled in Guyana.
Investigators believe Antonio DaSilva is really a Brazilian man who had murdered his wife back in 2004 and also murdered a number of inmates in the prison where he was housed, before he escaped just over 10 years ago.
He reportedly moved to Guyana, assumed a new identity and was able to get access to Guyana mining lands and set up a large gold mining operation with related business in Georgetown. He was also able to get firearm license issued to him here in Guyana.
His employees whose lives were spared by the gunmen, are still being questioned. They reported that all of the gunmen spoke portuguese and destroyed all of the mining equipment of the camp before carting of the gold and executing DaSilva. The armed men reportedly made their way over to Venezuela after the ordeal. The probe continues.