Authorities made a startling discovery in Brazil after opening a tomb and seeing a man buried alive.

The man’s family members – who were not identified – noticed blood stains on one of their relative’s graves last week in the city of Campos dos Goytacazes, outside Rio de Janeiro, and notified police, ninemsn reports.

The local fire department said the man, believed to be 33 years old, was not carrying any form of identification and had several assault marks on his body.

He was taken to a nearby hospital and police said they were carrying out an attempted murder investigation, ninemsn reports.

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