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Landlord: Bodies found in Orlando-area home believed to be Brazilian pilot, family

4:24 PM, Dec 9, 2013   |    comments
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ORLANDO, Fla. (WESH) - The owner of a Lake Nona area home where three people were found dead over the weekend says she believes the bodies are a family of three who have rented the house from her for the past five years. 

Fran Mastro, who lives outside Chicago, says the house was rented by 45-year-old Marcio Ferraz do Amaral, a pilot who worked for Brazilian Airlines.

Ferraz Do Amaral lived in the Eagle Creek subdivision house with his wife, 34-year-old Cledione, and their young daughter, whom Mastro believes to be about 9 or 10 years old.

Mastro said that for the past several months, the rent had not been paid and Ferraz do Amaral had informed her his pay was being cut at work and that he was having some financial challenges.

Mastro's last communication with the family was an email on Nov. 9 in which Cledione Ferraz do Amaral apologized for being behind on the rent and promised to send a check that day.

Mastro never received the check and said that after a few more weeks passed, she and her husband asked an Orlando property manager to go and inform the tenants they would have to move out.

When the property manager arrived, she noticed a foul odor coming from the house and around that same time, a neighbor in the Eagle Creek subdivision had called Mastro to report the same.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office was contacted to do a well-being check and on Saturday, the decomposing bodies of the family were found inside a car in the garage.

Sheriff's investigators said they believe the bodies may have been there for three weeks or more.

At this point, detectives said there is no sign of forced entry or trauma to the bodies and they are looking into the possibility the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide.

Mastro said up until recent months, the Ferraz do Amarals were always fastidious tenants and paid their rent on time.

According to Mastro, the wife, Cledione, worked part time at Disney's Animal Kingdom where her ability to speak fluent Portuguese came in handy.

The Sheriff's Office is waiting to confirm the identities of the bodies until the medical examiner finishes DNA testing.

WESH

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