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Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira: Brazilian police say bodies were found on Amazon

Investigators said on Wednesday they had discovered human remains in their search for British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira after a suspect confessed to killing them in the Amazon rainforest.

According to investigator Eduardo Fontes, the suspect, a fisherman who had argued with Pereira over his efforts to prevent illegal fishing on indigenous lands, led police to a remote burial site where the bones were discovered. .

The news ends a case that has sparked international interest, hovering over President Jair Bolsonaro at a regional rally and sparking concern in Britain’s Parliament.

Phillips, a freelance journalist who has written for the Guardian and the Washington Post, was researching for a book on the trip with Pereira, a former leader of the recently-encountered and isolated tribes of the federal indigenous affairs agency Funai.

The bodies of two men have been discovered by police in the Brazilian Amazon, near where British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous activist Bruno Pereira disappeared ten days ago. Regional police commander Eduardo Fontes said one of the two people arrested in connection with the couple’s disappearance admitted to killing them during a press conference on Wednesday evening.

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They were in the Javari Valley, a remote rainforest area near the Colombia-Peru border that is home to the world’s largest population of uncontacted indigenous people. Fishermen, hunters, loggers and illegal miners have infiltrated the area, and authorities say it is a major drug trafficking route.

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Amarildo da Costa, aka “Pelado”, a fisherman who was arrested last week on firearms charges, has already been named as the prime suspect. On Tuesday evening, his brother, Oseney da Costa, 41, also known as “Dos Santos”, was arrested.

Public defenders for the boys could not be reached for comment immediately. Relatives of the suspects had previously denied any involvement in the men’s disappearance.

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