The Brazilian police arrested one man in connection with the assassination of Gaia Molinari, a 29-year-old Italian tourist.
Mrs Molinari was killed on Christmas near Fortaleza where she was on a trip with a friend. She was strangulated and hit with a stone.
The Brazilian police has a special unit devoted to the protection of tourists.
The local Italian Consulate will now handle the repatriation of the corpse.