Brazilian Justice Minister Anderson Torres said human remains had been found at a site in the Brazilian Amazon as the search for the missing British journalist and an indigenous Brazilian expert continued.
Police reportedly arrested two people connected to the case. British correspondent Dom Phillips, 57, and Brazilian Bruno Pereira, 41, were reported missing in the Javari Valley amid reports of death threats against the duo.
Police said suspect Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira “gave a detailed account of the crime that was committed and indicated where he buried the bodies”.
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Phillips is said to have been working on a book on sustainable development in the Amazon. Pereira was acting as her guide when the two disappeared.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has come under fire after saying the British journalist was ‘hated’ for his reporting on the region while adding that it was ‘very unwise to travel to this region without being sufficiently prepared, physically and with weapons.
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“All the signs indicate that if they’ve been killed — and I hope they haven’t — they’re in the water, and in the water there won’t be much left. I don’t don’t know if there are piranhas in the Javari,” the Brazilian president said.
Authorities have been looking for the two men for eleven days. Reports indicate that the Javari Valley is a hotbed for drug trafficking and mining.
Phillips and Pereira were reportedly last seen at a village in Sao Gabriel on June 5 and were traveling by boat.
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