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Remains of British journalist Dom Phillips found in Amazon

Remains found in Amazon rainforest were of British journalist Dom Phillips, police say



Remains found in Amazon rainforest were of British journalist Dom Phillips, police say

Police in Brazil have determined that some of the bones found in the Amazon rainforest belong to British journalist Dom Phillips.

Phillips, who was 57 years old, and Bruno Pereira, who was 41 years old and an indigenous specialist, were both reported missing on June 5 after they vanished in the Javari valley, which is located close to the border between Brazil and Peru.

They stated that dental records were used to determine that Mr. Phillips was the person in question. Both remains were brought to the nation’s capital city of Brasilia for further examination, and the authorities there are currently conducting autopsies on the second body, which is thought to be that of Mr. Pereira.

According to the Brazilian authorities, the suspect, Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, admitted to burying the dead earlier this week. The confession was made by the suspect.

According to the law enforcement officials, the suspect provided a step-by-step account of how he murdered both of the victims before leading them to the location where he had buried their bodies.

The family of Mr. Phillips released a statement in which they expressed their “heartbreak” at the news.

They stated, “We are grateful to all those who have taken part in the search, particularly the indigenous groups who worked tirelessly to locate proof of the attack.” “We are grateful to all those who have taken part in the search.”

“We thank the numerous people who have joined us in pushing the authorities to accelerate the search and those who have reached out to us with words of comfort and sympathy,” they wrote. “We are truly sorry for the loss of our loved one.”

Alessandra Sampaio, Phillips’s wife, issued a second statement in which she said, “Now we can bring them home and say goodbye with love.” She went on to say that the confession was the start of a “search for justice.”

While Phillips was researching and writing a book about the Amazon Rainforest, Pereira served as Phillips’ guide in the Amazon.

The two individuals were located in the Javari valley at the time that they were reported missing. The Javari valley is a desolate region that is cut off from the rest of Brazil and is notorious for its high rate of violent crime.

The region is home to thousands of indigenous people; nevertheless, it has also experienced an increase in the number of gangs involved in drug trafficking, illegal gold mining, and illegal logging.

Phillips and Pereira were documenting the war that was taking place in the Javari valley between various gangs, government agents, and indigenous groups while they were there.

Reports indicate that Pereira faced threats as a result of his activism against illegal fishing, mining, and logging activities in the region.


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