Brazilian Police Arrest Second Suspect in Case of Missing British Journalist, Indigenous Expert

Brazilian police arrested on June 14 a second suspect in the disappearance of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira.

Police said that they arrested Oseney da Costa de Oliveira — the brother of Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira who was arrested as a prime suspect in the case last week — at his home in Atalaia do Norte, the isolated river town Phillips and Pereira were trying to reach when they disappeared on June 5.

Civil Police Chief Alex Perez told reporters that Oseney, known by the nickname Dos Santos, did not resist arrest.

When asked by The Guardian what specific crime Oseney had been arrested on suspicion of, Perez said, “alleged aggravated murder.”

The suspects had not been charged.

According to investigative documents seen by The New York Times, witnesses saw Oseney and Amarildo in a boat just behind the missing men shortly before they disappeared.

A spokesperson for local Indigenous group Univaja that worked with Pereira said that the search for the missing pair was nearing its end as the area left to examine was getting smaller.

“The chances that they are found alive are now practically zero,” Manuel Chorimpa Marubo, a local Indigenous leader who has aided the searches with Univaja, said, as quoted by The New York Times.

“The hope now is finding the bodies,” Marubo added.

The federal police also said in a statement that they seized ammunition and an oar in the village of Sao Gabriel, where the pair were last seen, and took them for forensic analysis.

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