Police in northeastern Brazil suspect a convicted child abuser of killing an 11-year-old girl and disposing of her body parts in plastic bags.

A spokesman for the Rio Grande do Norte state public safety department says the body parts were found Thursday, two days after the girl disappeared. The girl's father recognized her clothes and a sandal on a dismembered foot.

Bezerra says the suspect was previously convicted of child sex abuse in the state of Amapa.

Police say the suspect may have killed the girl out of revenge because her mother complained about his behavior to the priest of the evangelical church they attended. He was eventually kicked out of the church and remains at large.