Disappearance of a British journalist and a Brazilian expert in the Amazon: a suspect admits to having buried the bodies

Disappearance of a British journalist and a Brazilian expert in the Amazon: a suspect admits to having buried the bodies

“Last night we obtained the confessions of the first of the two arrested suspects (…) who recounted in detail how the crime was committed and told us where the bodies had been buried”, explained in a press conference the chief of the Federal Police of the State of Amazonas, Eduardo Alexandre Fontes, who indicated that the suspect had admitted to having participated in the “crime”, but without specifying his role.

“Excavations have been carried out on site, the excavations will continue, but human remains have already been found,” he added.

“As soon as we have been able to verify thanks to the expertise that it is indeed the remains of the bodies of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, they will be returned to the families”.

A few hours before this announcement, the television cameras had filmed one of the two arrested suspects leaving a police station to be taken by boat to the scene of the searches carried out by the police.

The first suspect, Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, a 41-year-old fisherman nicknamed “Pelado”, was arrested on June 7. Witnesses said they saw him pass at high speed on board a boat going in the same direction as the boat of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, before their disappearance.

The second suspect, Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, known as “Dos Santos”, was arrested on Tuesday, “suspected of participating in the case”, according to the federal police.

On Sunday, the authorities announced that they had found the personal effects of the two missing persons.

The British journalist and the Brazilian expert were last seen on June 5, during an expedition to the Javari Valley area.

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