Blood Found in Boat of Philips and Pereira Disappearance Suspect

Brazilian police found traces of blood in the boat of a suspect in the disappearance of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Araujo Pereira.

Authorities have found the blood stains on the boat of fisherman Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, also known as “Pelado,” 41, during an investigation for possible genetic material. The police also found a hunting weapon and drugs in Da Costa’s possession.

The police had not confirmed if the evidence found on the Da Costa’s boat was human blood. The genetic sample has been sent to Manaus in Brazil for analysis. 

Authorities arrested Da Costa Tuesday for illegally possessing restricted ammunition. 

Phillips and Pereira were reportedly missing on Sunday while doing a story in Javari Valley.

Phillips worked for the British newspaper The Guardian as a regular contributor. In 2018, Pereira worked with Phillips for a Guardian story.

Sian Phillips, the journalist’s sister, said the British authorities should pressure the Brazilian government on the investigations.

“We want to carry on with the search. We want to find out what is happening to them, and we want anyone responsible for any criminal act to be brought to justice. We want a persistent deep, and open investigation,” Phillips said.

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