Police in the Brazilian Amazon has found the bodies of two men in the area close to where British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous activist Bruno Pereira went missing 10 days ago.
At a press briefing late on Wednesday, regional police chief Eduardo Fontes said one of the two men arrested in connection with the pair’s disappearance had confessed to killing them.
“On Tuesday he informed us the location where the bodies were buried and he promised to go with us today to the site so we could confirm where the bodies were buried,” Fontes told reporters.
Phillips, a longtime Guardian contributor who was writing a book about the Amazon, and Pereira, a renowned defender of the rights of Brazil’s Indigenous peoples, had been missing since 5 June. Regional police chief Eduardo Fontes said that one of two men arrested in connection to the pair’s disappearance had confessed to killing them and taken officers to the bodies.
The Guardian’s Latin America correspondent, Tom Phillips, tweeted overnight: “I’ve just returned from the Itaquaí River, where we saw bodies believed to be those of our dear friend Dom & his friend Bruno recovered from the rainforest. Devastating. An outrage. There must be justice for them, for their families and for the noble causes in which they believed.”
Source: the Guardian