“Human entrails” were found floating in a river and will be examined on Monday as being the remains of the British journalist and Brazilian expert on indigenous peoples who have been missing in the Amazon for eight days. announced President Jair Bolsonaro.
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For their part, several family members of journalist Dom Phillips said they had been informed that two bodies had been found and that their identification was ongoing, information that has not been confirmed by police at the moment.
Dom Phillips, 57, and Bruno Pereira, 41, were last seen on Sunday June 5 as they rode a boat on an expedition to the Javari region, an inaccessible area west of the Amazon near Peru, which is considered dangerous due to the presence of all types of traffic.
“The research goes on. But all indications are that they were injured, human entrails were found floating on the river and taken to Brasilia for DNA identification,” revealed the Brazilian head of state in an interview with CBN radio.
“Given the time that has already passed eight days, it will be very difficult to find her alive. I pray to God this is the case, but the information we have makes us fear otherwise,” he added.
Family members of the British journalist said earlier in the morning that “two bodies have been found” but that identification is still ongoing, information that has not been confirmed by local police at the moment.
“We are waiting for confirmation from the federal police as to whether it is Dom and Bruno or not. We remain concerned in the meantime,” Dom Phillips’ niece, Dominique Davies, told AFP.
The journalist’s wife made a similar statement to TV Globo.
For their part, the federal police said that “the information that the bodies of Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips were found is incorrect” and that “biological material” and personal belongings of two missing persons were being analyzed.
On Sunday, the authorities announced in particular the discovery of a backpack, boots and a health insurance card belonging to Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, a first major turning point in the slowly begun search operations. .
“At first we had wild hopes that they had sensed the danger and hid in the jungle. But not anymore,” commented Maria Lucia Farias, 78, Dom Phillips’ mother-in-law, on Sunday.
Author of dozens of articles on threats to the environment and indigenous peoples in the Amazon, the journalist, long-time contributor to the British newspaper The Guardian, is preparing a book on the subject.