British Journalist Missing in Brazil’s Amazon Dies After Shot

AllvertaGlobal – Brazilian police say British journalist Dom Phillips and local guide Bruno Araujo Pereira, who disappeared in the Brazilian Amazon two weeks ago, died in a shooting.

Reported by AFP on Sunday (19/6), Phillips, 57, was hit by a shot in the chest. While Pereira (41) with three shots, one in the head. Pereira is an outspoken defender of Indigenous rights who has received several death threats.
Meanwhile, another suspect, Jefferson da Silva Lima, was detained by the local police. Jefferson is the third suspect suspected of killing Phillips and Pereira.

The suspect, known as Pelado da Dinha, turned himself in to the police station in Atalaia do Norte.

Commissioner Alex Perez Timoteo told news website G1 that the evidence and testimony gathered so far indicates that the suspect “was at the scene of the crime and actively participated in the double murder that took place.”

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Previously, the Brazilian police officially identified the body of Phillips who had disappeared in the Amazon while conducting research. Phillips’ body was found after police conducted an investigation and found pieces of the body at a location in the Amazon.

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One of the suspects also admitted to having killed Phillips and revealed the location where he buried the body of the correspondent for The Guardian. Brazilian police said Phillips’ body was identified through forensic analysis.

The alleged body of Bruno Araujo Pereira, who was with Phillips before being declared missing, has also been found.

Phillips (57) and Pereira (41) went missing while traveling in Javari Village, Amazon, on June 5. They were last seen in Sao Rafael, an area in the Amazon that is a two-hour boat ride from Atalaia do Norte.

The two disappeared after following a tribal patrol on the Itaquai River to prevent the invasion of illegal fishermen and hunters in Javari Village.

Phillips and Pereira joined the patrol in the context of research to produce a book on conservation efforts in the area.

Local authorities consider the conservation effort “complicated and dangerous” because it is linked to illegal mining and international drug networks.

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The search for Phillips and Pereira has attracted international attention because it is seen as reflecting how dangerous it is for journalists to uncover crimes.

After several weeks of searching, the police arrested two suspects on Tuesday (14/6).

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