Brazilian Police: Suspect Confesses to Killing Missing Journalist, Indigenous Expert

Brazilian police said on June 15 that a suspect confessed to killing British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, both of whom have been missing for days.

Detective Eduardo Fontes said that Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira — the first suspect arrested last week — confessed to shooting the pair and took investigators to a site where human remains were dug up.

Amarildo had “recounted in detail the crime that was committed and indicated the place where he buried the bodies,” Fontes told reporters.

Brazilian Justice Minister Anderson Torres said that the human remains will undergo forensic examination.

Police will work with Interpol to confirm the identities of the bodies, Fontes said.

Amarildo’s brother Oseney, who was arrested on June 14 in relation to the case, denies any involvement in the killings.

The motive for the killings remains under investigation, the police said.

Police also said that they expect to carry out further arrests.

Phillips, 57, and Pereira, 41, were last seen in the Sao Rafael community on June 5. They were traveling by boat while researching for a book when they never arrived at their scheduled destination, Atalaia do Norte, a town on the border with Peru.

In a statement, Phillip’s wife Alessandra Sampaio said, “Although we are still awaiting definitive confirmations, this tragic outcome puts an end to the anguish of not knowing Dom and Bruno’s whereabouts. Now we can bring them home and say goodbye with love.”

“Today, we also begin our quest for justice. I hope that the investigations exhaust all possibilities and bring definitive answers on all relevant details as soon as possible,” Sampaio further said.

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