Top model who vanished from New York a year ago found ‘confused’ in Brazil slum



A model who disappeared from New York after appearing on the covers of Elle, Grazia and Glamour and taking part in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign, has been found in a a slum in Brazil.

Eloisa Pinto Fontes was found in a confused state, wandering through the slum “completely disorientated” by a local neighbourhood watch team.

They had been given a tip-off that the 26-year-old had been ambling around for two days and didn’t appear to know what was going on.

According to local media, Ms Fontes was found in the Morro do Cantagalo favela in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday.

She was carrying a rucksack containing documents of her contracts with international modelling agencies and references from international photographers.

She lived and worked in New York

The model had disappeared from New York City a year ago, where she was living and working for well-known fashion brands.

She had also vanished from New York City earlier in 2019 and was found five days later, visibly disorientated, in a street in the city of White Plains, roughly 30 minutes by car from central Manhattan.

Her career, which had also taken her to Europe, dried up shortly after this incident.

She appeared in fashion magazines

She was found confused in a slum

Ms Fontes was married from 2014 to 2016 to 38-year-old Russian-Romanian supermodel Andre Birleanu, who once appeared on the TV programme America’s Most Smartest Model, where he became notorious for his aggressive demeanour.

Mr Birleanu has custody of the couple’s seven-year-old daughter.

The latest information is that the model is receiving care and updates on her condition are being provided to family members.

She was an Elle cover girl

She has been missing for a year

According to neighbourhood watch representative Antonio Carlos dos Santos, the model was disorientated and was taken to the Philippe Pinel Psychiatric Institute in the Botafogo neighbourhood, where she is being assisted by a medical team.

He said: “She was walking through the community completely disorientated.

“And yesterday we were able to locate her and rescue her.”

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