The reports emerging from this year’s Summer Games host country continue to be grim: Mutilated body parts were found washed ashore next to the Olympic beach volleyball venue on Rio’s famed Copacabana beach.
A Rio vendor first tipped a Brazilian newspaper of the news, and a policeman standing guard by a security perimeter confirmed the body’s existence to Reuters on Wednesday.
According to Reuters, the details surrounding the body remained unclear, and police officials did not immediately return calls to their public affairs office for more details.
This is another black eye to the Games in Rio, which was supposed to celebrate the Olympics’ first South American host.
View of the construction site of the Olympic beach volleyball stadium at Copacabana beach.
Since Brazil was awarded the Games in 2009, the country has been stymied by recession, toxic water conditions and reports of deadly violence on Rio’s streets, as well as an outbreak of the Zika virus.
Earlier this month, the acting governor of Rio de Janeiro had declared financial disaster so the state could adopt exceptional measures to help pay for costs related to the Games, which begin Aug. 5.