Brazil DOM PHILLIPS & BRUNO PEREIRA: Missing from the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil - 4 June 2022 - Age 57 & 41 *Found Deceased*

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Threats, Then Guns: A Journalist and an Expert Vanish in the Amazon​

Dom Phillips, a British journalist, and Bruno Pereira, a Brazilian expert on Indigenous groups, have not been seen since Sunday. They faced threats before they disappeared.

The Javari Valley in the Amazon rainforest is one of the most isolated places on the planet. It is a densely forested Indigenous reserve the size of Maine where there are virtually no roads, trips can take a week by boat and at least 19 Indigenous groups are believed to still live without outside contact.

The reserve is also plagued by illegal fishing, hunting and mining, a problem exacerbated by government budget cuts under President Jair Bolsonaro. Now local Indigenous people have started formally patrolling the forest and rivers themselves, and the men who exploit the land for a living have responded with increasingly dire threats.

That tension was the kind of story that has long attracted Dom Phillips, a British journalist in Brazil for the past 15 years, most recently as a regular contributor to The Guardian. Last week, Mr. Phillips arrived in the Javari Valley to interview the Indigenous patrols for a book. He was accompanied by Bruno Araújo Pereira, an expert on Indigenous groups who had recently taken leave from the Brazilian government in order to aid the patrols.

About 6 a.m. Saturday, the two men were with a patrol, stopped along a snaking river, when another boat approached, according to officials at Univaja, a Javari Valley Indigenous association that helps organize the patrols. The approaching vessel carried three men known to be illegal fishermen, Univaja said, and as it passed, the men showed the patrol boat their guns. It was the kind of threat that Univaja had been recently reporting to authorities.

The following morning, Mr. Phillips, 57, and Mr. Pereira, 41, began their journey home, traveling on the Itaquí River in a new boat with a 40-horsepower engine and enough fuel for the trip. They were scheduled to arrive in Atalaia do Norte, a small city on the border with Peru, at about 8 a.m. Sunday.

The men and their boat have not been seen since.

Over the past three days, various search crews, from Indigenous groups to the Brazilian Navy, have scoured the area; Brazilian politicians and celebrities have called for more action to find the men; and their disappearance has led the morning newspapers and nightly news across the country.

On Wednesday, state police officials said they were questioning a suspect and had seized a boat and illegal ammunition from him. Officials said the suspect’s green speedboat with a visible Nike symbol was seen traveling behind Mr. Phillips and Mr. Pereira’s boat Sunday morning.

The suspect was one of the fishermen who showed the patrol their guns on Saturday, according to Soraya Zaiden, an activist who helps lead Univaja, and Elieseo Marubo, Univaja’s legal director. They said the man had shot at a Univaja patrol boat months earlier.

“We will continue the search,” Ms. Zaiden said. “But we also know that something serious, very serious, may have happened.”

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Search for Dom Phillips intensifies as judge gives order for rescue helicopters​

A judge in Brazil ordered the federal government to deploy search helicopters deep in the Amazon to find a missing British journalist amid criticism of a slow rescue response.

Brazilian police arrest man, 41, found with drugs and a shotgun in hunt for missing British journalist Dom Phillips as Pele joins calls for cops to step up Amazon rainforest search​

Brazilian police have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with the disappearance of a missing British journalist and his guide.

Amarildo da Costa de Oliveria, also known by nickname Pelado, has been brought in for questioning by military police officers after his speedboat was seen chasing the boat of Phillips and Pereira. He was found with drugs and a shotgun.

Witnesses reported that Pelado's boat chased the pair at high speed as soon as they left the community.

According to The Guardian, Pelado was one of 13 Indigenous people who are said to have 'threatened' Phillips and Pereira on Saturday morning - with a witness adding that Pelado and two other armed men posed further threats to the pair while they had stopped their boat on the side of the Itaquaí river.


Brazilian football great Pele wrote on Twitter: 'The fight for the preservation of the Amazon Forest and the protection of indigenous groups belongs to all of us... Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira dedicate their lives to this cause.

'I join the many voices that make the appeal to intensify the search and to find them as soon as possible.'https://www.theguardian.com/media/2...sian-missing-journalist-brazil-amazon-hopeful
 

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The disappearance of journalist Dom Phillips in Brazil should leave you incandescent with rage​

It’s now more than four days since veteran Brazil correspondent Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Araújo Pereira disappeared in the Javari Valley, a remote part of the western Amazon thought to have the world’s highest concentration of uncontacted people.

Pereira, a longtime defender of Indigenous rights who previously worked for Funai, Brazil’s government Indigenous rights agency, had reportedly received threats for his work monitoring illegal activities in the region.

The official response has been woefully inadequate. The army initially said that it would only launch a rescue mission once given orders from a higher command, wasting precious hours immediately after the pair disappeared. It took days to deploy a helicopter to the region.

Indigenous groups that have been searching on the ground since Sunday released a statement saying they had repeatedly called on multiple federal agencies for help. Yet with the exception of six military police officers and a team from Funai, federal agencies and armed forces have been “absent from the effort”, they said. As the Indigenous leader Sônia Guajajara put it when she recently asked US climate envoy John Kerry to intervene personally: “The search is so slow, and it is pitiful that we continue to live in a situation where there is no security.”

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Possible human remains found in Amazon search for missing journalist Dom Phillips​

Possible human remains have been found in an Amazon rainforest search for a missing British journalist and his Brazilian companion, local police have said.


In a statement to the Associated Press, Brazilian police said the “organic material” found in a river near the town of Atalaia do Norte was being sent for forensic analysis.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights urged Brazilian authorities to "redouble their efforts to find Phillips and Pereira".
 

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Human remains have been found in the search for British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, who disappeared in the Amazon after receiving threats, Brazil's president said Monday.

"The evidence leads us to believe something bad was done to them, because human innards were found floating in the river, which are now undergoing DNA testing," President Jair Bolsonaro said.

Phillips's niece Dominique Davies told AFP via text message that "two bodies have been found" in the search, and that relatives were awaiting confirmation from federal police as to whether they are the missing pair -- although police in Brazil denied the report.
 

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No bodies found in hunt for British journalist, Brazil police say​

Brazilian police and indigenous search teams dismissed reports on Monday that they had found the bodies of a British reporter and a Brazilian indigenous expert missing in the Amazon jungle, dashing hopes of a quick resolution in the week-old case.

On Sunday, police said search teams had found the belongings of freelance reporter Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, a former official at federal indigenous agency Funai, in a creek off the river where they were last seen on June 5.

However, a federal police statement and a spokesman for local indigenous association UNIVAJA, which has organized search efforts since June 5, denied subsequent reports of two bodies turned up in the search.

"I've spoken with the team in the field and it's not true," said Eliesio Marubo, a lawyer for UNIVAJA. "The search goes on."


Belongings of missing British reporter and companion found in Amazon​

Brazilian police said on Sunday search teams have discovered belongings of missing British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira who went missing in the Amazon rainforest a week ago.

A police statement said clothing belonging to Pereira had been found, including a health identification card in his name, and a backpack with clothes belonging to Phillips, along with the boots of both men.

A fireman leading a search team told reporters that the Equinox backpack, containing clothes and a laptop, was found tied to a half-sunken tree trunk in the area that the two men were last seen on Sunday.

Earlier, Elizeu Mayaruna, who works for indigenous agency Funai, told Reuters that, while searching the forest along the Itacoai river on Saturday, he found clothes, a tarp and a bottle of motor oil.
 

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No bodies found in hunt for British journalist, Brazil police say​

Brazilian police and indigenous search teams dismissed reports on Monday that they had found the bodies of a British reporter and a Brazilian indigenous expert missing in the Amazon jungle, dashing hopes of a quick resolution in the week-old case.

On Sunday, police said search teams had found the belongings of freelance reporter Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, a former official at federal indigenous agency Funai, in a creek off the river where they were last seen on June 5.

However, a federal police statement and a spokesman for local indigenous association UNIVAJA, which has organized search efforts since June 5, denied subsequent reports of two bodies turned up in the search.

"I've spoken with the team in the field and it's not true," said Eliesio Marubo, a lawyer for UNIVAJA. "The search goes on."


Belongings of missing British reporter and companion found in Amazon​

Brazilian police said on Sunday search teams have discovered belongings of missing British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira who went missing in the Amazon rainforest a week ago.

A police statement said clothing belonging to Pereira had been found, including a health identification card in his name, and a backpack with clothes belonging to Phillips, along with the boots of both men.

A fireman leading a search team told reporters that the Equinox backpack, containing clothes and a laptop, was found tied to a half-sunken tree trunk in the area that the two men were last seen on Sunday.

Earlier, Elizeu Mayaruna, who works for indigenous agency Funai, told Reuters that, while searching the forest along the Itacoai river on Saturday, he found clothes, a tarp and a bottle of motor oil.
Strange... "Tied" to a half sunken tree trunk. Motor oil? Clothing, etc.? In the middle of a forest along the river... False (allegedly) reports of bodies and innards (pretty close to what was said above)... Hard to know what and who to believe...
 

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Search for missing journalist in Brazil nearing the end, indigenous group says​

The search for missing British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira in Brazil's Amazon rainforest was nearing the end on Tuesday as the area left to search kept shrinking, a spokesman for indigenous group Univaja said.

"We understand that we are heading toward the end. The search area has been further reduced," Marubo said late on Monday.


In a letter addressed to the Phillips family, reviewed by Reuters, the Brazilian ambassador in London apologized on Tuesday for passing on incorrect information that bodies had been discovered.

Information received from investigating officials in Brazil misled the embassy, ambassador Fred Arruda wrote, adding, "I wholeheartedly apologize."

Brazilian federal police said that they expect to conclude this week the forensic analysis of a blood sample collected from the boat of a man suspected of a possible role in the case.


Indigenous protesters, carrying banners depicting the faces of the two men, walked to Brazil's Ministry of Justice in capital Brasilia on Tuesday to demand justice and answers. Staff of Funai went on a one-day strike to demand greater security for indigenous experts working in the field.

Bolsonaro, who once faced tough questioning from Phillips at a news conference over weakening environmental law enforcement, said last week that the two men "were on an adventure that is not recommended" and speculated they could have been executed.
 

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Brazil police arrest 2nd suspect for Amazon’s missing pair​

Brazil’s federal police said Tuesday they arrested a second suspect in connection with the disappearance of an Indigenous expert and a British journalist in a remote area of the Amazon.

The suspect, Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, 41, is a fisherman and a brother of the man so far considered by police as the main suspect in the case, Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, also 41, nicknamed Pelado.

Federal police also said in a statement that they seized ammunition and an oar, but did not say why the items were confiscated, who they belonged to or where they were found.

De Oliveira told The Associated Press on Friday that he had visited Pelado in jail and was told that local police had tortured Pelado on his own boat, which was also seized by authorities.
 

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Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira were shot with hunting ammunition, say police​

British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira were shot dead with hunting ammunition, Brazilian police have said.

A day after police identified Mr Phillips' remains, the second set of remains were confirmed as those of Mr Pereira on Saturday.


Ten days later, human remains were found after a suspect confessed to burying their bodies and led police to the spot where the remains were found, police said.


Dom Phillips: Boat used by murdered British journalist and indigenous expert found sunk with sandbags​

The speedboat used by murdered British journalist Dom Phillips to travel in the Amazon rainforest has been found by police underwater weighed down with six sandbags.

The vessel was found submerged in the Itacoai river at a depth of 65 ft, authorities said, as they continue to investigate the killing of Mr Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira.

They said they were led to the sinking site by a suspect who surrendered himself to police on Saturday.

Police, who have arrested three men, said on Sunday they had identified a further five suspects.


Mr Phillips, a freelance reporter, was doing research for a book on the trip with Mr Pereira, a former head of isolated and recently contacted tribes at federal indigenous affairs agency Funai.

Their bodies were found after a suspect confessed to the killings. According to police, both were shot with hunting ammunition.


Police recover boat used by Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira​

The boat used by British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous advocate Bruno Pereira when they were killed in the Amazon jungle has been recovered by police.

Operatives with the fire service and the navy “found the boat used by the victims at around 20h20 on 19 June”, federal police in the state of Amazonas said in a statement. “The boat will be submitted to the necessary forensic examinations so as to contribute to a complete clarification of all the facts.”

The white metal craft was found at a depth of between 20 and 30 meters near the bank of the Itaquaí River, said police chief Alex Perez Timóteo. It had been weighed down by six sacks of earth. Police also found the 40hp Yamaha engine.


Three men have been arrested in connection with the crime, with one confessing to murder. Last week, he led police to a remote spot in the jungle where Phillips and Pereira were buried after being shot. Another five people are wanted by authorities for participating in the hiding of the bodies.
 

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Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira were shot with hunting ammunition, say police​

British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira were shot dead with hunting ammunition, Brazilian police have said.

A day after police identified Mr Phillips' remains, the second set of remains were confirmed as those of Mr Pereira on Saturday.


Ten days later, human remains were found after a suspect confessed to burying their bodies and led police to the spot where the remains were found, police said.


Dom Phillips: Boat used by murdered British journalist and indigenous expert found sunk with sandbags​

The speedboat used by murdered British journalist Dom Phillips to travel in the Amazon rainforest has been found by police underwater weighed down with six sandbags.

The vessel was found submerged in the Itacoai river at a depth of 65 ft, authorities said, as they continue to investigate the killing of Mr Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira.

They said they were led to the sinking site by a suspect who surrendered himself to police on Saturday.

Police, who have arrested three men, said on Sunday they had identified a further five suspects.


Mr Phillips, a freelance reporter, was doing research for a book on the trip with Mr Pereira, a former head of isolated and recently contacted tribes at federal indigenous affairs agency Funai.

Their bodies were found after a suspect confessed to the killings. According to police, both were shot with hunting ammunition.


Police recover boat used by Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira​

The boat used by British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous advocate Bruno Pereira when they were killed in the Amazon jungle has been recovered by police.

Operatives with the fire service and the navy “found the boat used by the victims at around 20h20 on 19 June”, federal police in the state of Amazonas said in a statement. “The boat will be submitted to the necessary forensic examinations so as to contribute to a complete clarification of all the facts.”

The white metal craft was found at a depth of between 20 and 30 meters near the bank of the Itaquaí River, said police chief Alex Perez Timóteo. It had been weighed down by six sacks of earth. Police also found the 40hp Yamaha engine.


Three men have been arrested in connection with the crime, with one confessing to murder. Last week, he led police to a remote spot in the jungle where Phillips and Pereira were buried after being shot. Another five people are wanted by authorities for participating in the hiding of the bodies.
That many involved, wow. A different world/universe. Killing. Men. Greed? Money? Power? Control? Usual motives but a different backdrop...
 

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