Human remains found deep in Brazil’s remote Amazon region have been identified as belonging to British journalist Dom Phillips after he and a Brazilian indigenous expert disappeared two weeks ago, federal authorities announced on Friday.
Additional remains recovered near the western city of Atalaia do Norte are believed to belong to the indigenous expert, 41-year-old Bruno Pereira, but have not yet been officially identified.
Phillips, 57, and Pereira were last seen on June 5 on their boat on the Itaquai river, near the entrance of the Javari Valley Indigenous Territory along the borders Peru and Colombia. The case quickly gained international attention.
“The confirmation (of Phillips’ remains) was made based on dental examinations and anthropological forensics,” Federal Police said in a statement. “Work is ongoing for a complete identification of the remains so we can determine the cause of death, and also the dynamics of the crime and the hiding of the bodies.”
Two suspects, fishermen Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira and his brother, Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, were arrested on Wednesday by Brazil’s federal police in connection to their disappearance.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Patrick Reilly