10/30/2013 02:41 pm ET Updated Oct 31, 2013

Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos, Former Soccer Player, Beheaded

The wife of a Brazilian former professional soccer player made a horrifying discovery on Tuesday.

According to the Mirror, Geisa Silva found her husband's severed head in a bag on the doorstep of their Rio de Janeiro home.

Her husband was Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos, who once played for several local clubs as well the Swedish Östers.

Local media said that Santos' eyes and tongue had been cut out by his attackers, as the Guardian pointed out. Authorities suspect that it may have been the work of a drug gang.

Santos had been missing since Monday, the Daily Mail reported.