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Two bodies were discovered on Monday in the region where Brazilian indigenist Bruno Pereira, 41, and British journalist Dom Phillips were last seen eight days ago.57, and a contributor to The Guardian newspaper, after being threatened by poachers.
Search teams also discovered personal items belonging to missing British journalist Dom Phillips. and the Brazilian official.
In a statement, police said the items discovered included a backpack and a pair of boots belonging to Phillips, as well as a health card, black pants, a black sandal and a pair of boots belonging to Pereira.
Phillips, 57, and Pereira, 41, went missing from a remote part of the Amazon last week and are believed to have been last seen on Sunday June 5 in the community of Sao Rafael.
Police later discovered two bodies, however they have not confirmed that they are the missing couple.
In fact, the Federal Police of Amazonas, which is handling the case, has released a note in which it states that “the information that the bodies have been located does not come from” and adds that “biological materials were located that must be analyzed and personal objects ”.
The discovery of the objects and “biological materials,” which are presumed to be “blood,” comes shortly before the reporter’s family said their hopes of finding him alive have faded.
In a statement reported by The Guardian, Maria Lucia Farias Sampaio, Phillips’ mother-in-law, said she believed the couple to be dead.
“They are no longer with us,” he said.
“Mother Nature has snatched them away with a grateful embrace. The material has been undone and incorporated into the land that they loved and respected so much,” she added.
“Their souls have joined those of so many others who gave their lives in defense of the jungle and the indigenous peoples. Today they are part of an immense and pulsating vital energy that emanates from this immense greenery that is the heart of Brazil”, he concluded.
The newspaper said Phillips’ wife, Alessandra Sampaio, reposted the statement on Instagram saying she agreed.
Reports emerged on Saturday that police searching for the two men had discovered human matter in the Itaquai River near the port of Atalaia do Norte.
Authorities previously said blood found in a suspect’s boat had been sent for testing.
Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, 41, also known as “Pelado,” was previously singled out as a suspect and arrested for allegedly carrying a firearm without a permit, a common practice in the region.
The police did not clarify why they were treating him as a suspect, but it is believed that he was among a group of men who threatened the disappeared near an indigenous territory on Saturday June 4.
A GoFundMe created by friends of the men surpassed its $20,000 goal on Monday morning.
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