Brazilian Indigenous Bruno Pereira and British journalist Dom Phillips were killed after their bodies were found in a remote area of the Amazon, Brazilian police confirmed Saturday (June 18) “firearms”.
Mr. Pereira’s remains “in it” Brazil’s Federal Police (PF) also announced in a statement, investigators found. On Friday, she had said that the first human remains found on Wednesday at the suspect’s instructions were those of Dom Phillips. Federal police further stated that Mr Pereira was shot three times, including one in the head and Mr Phillips in the chest.
They were last seen on June 5, when they took a boat to Atalaia do Norte (north-west) in the Javari Valley, a dangerously zoned area with multiple drug trafficking, fishing or illegal gold mining operations.
Three suspects arrested, fourth wanted
Mr. Phillips, 57, longtime newspaper writer protectorMr. Pereira, 41, is a recognized expert on indigenous peoples who has been involved in the writing of books on environmental protection in the Amazon.
The third suspect in these murders went to the North Atalaya police station in Amazonas state (west) on Saturday morning, where a PF was also announced.It is known that the man was “Outlaws”, she added.According to all the evidence and testimony collected, the latter “At the scene of the crime, actively involved in a double homicide”Police Chief Alex Perez Timoteo told the G1 news site.
The first suspect was arrested on June 7: a 41-year-old fisherman who admitted to burying the body on Tuesday. A second suspect was arrested on Tuesday. Police are looking for a fourth suspect, according to local media reports, an information that has not been officially confirmed.
The double murder has sparked outrage around the world, with far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been accused of promoting deforestation and encouraging the exploitation of resources in the Amazon since taking power in 2019.