Ex-boyfriend of Cecilia Haddad wanted over her murder after body found in Sydney river

NSW Police have reportedly secured a warrant for the arrest of the former partner of murdered Sydney woman Cecilia Haddad.

Mario Marcelo Santoro, who has not been charged and is currently in Brazil, is a prime suspect in the investigation into the death of Ms Haddad and is now wanted by NSW police, News Corp reports.

The 38-year-old’s fully-clothed body was founding by kayakers floating in the Lane Cove River on April 29 this year.

NSW Police told Yahoo7 News they were not in a position to comment on the investigation at this stage.

Kayakers discovered Ms Haddad’s fully-clothed body in the Lane Cove River near Woolwich on Sunday, April 29. Source: 7 News
NSW Police have reportedly secured a warrant for the arrest of Mario Marcelo Santoro. Source: 7 News

Australia and Brazil have a long-standing extradition treaty that would nominally pave the way for Mr Santoro to be brought back to Australia.

However, the process could be complicated because Brazil generally does not act upon orders for a citizen to be extradited to face alleged offences committed in foreign countries on constitutional grounds.

“The Australian government does not disclose whether it has made, or intends to make, an extradition request to a foreign country until the person is arrested or brought before the court in a foreign country,” the federal Attorney-General Department said in a statement.

Kayakers discovered Ms Haddad’s fully-clothed body in the Lane Cove River near Woolwich about the same time her former live-in lover Mario Marcelo Santoro flew back home to Rio de Janeiro.

The 38-year-old moved to Australia more than a decade ago and had been working in mining and logistics in Sydney since 2016. Source: 7 News

Investigators confirmed in May that Ms Haddad had asked Mr Santoro to move out of her Ryde apartment, in Sydney’s northwest in the weeks before her death.

Brazilian-born Ms Haddad arrived in Australia more than a decade ago and had moved to Sydney in 2016 where she worked in mining and logistics.