Brazilian Authorities Recover Boat of Murdered British Journalist Dom Phillips, Indigenous Expert Bruno Pereira

Brazilian authorities recovered on June 19 evening the boat used by British journalist Dom Phillips and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira before they were killed.

Operatives with the fire service and the navy found the boat some 20 meters (65 feet) underwater and 30 meters (98 feet) from the right bank of the Itaquai River, near the Cachoeira community.

The white metal craft was packed with six sandbags to keep it submerged, according to the Brazilian Federal Police on June 20.

Police also found the 40hp Yamaha engine.

“The boat will be submitted to the necessary forensic examinations so as to contribute to a complete clarification of all the facts,” the federal police said in a statement.

A suspect arrested on June 19 told investigators where to find the boat.

Phillips, 57, was researching for a book project on conservation efforts in the region, with Pereira, 41, as his guide when they went missing on June 5 in a remote part of the rainforest known to harbor illegal miners, loggers, fishers, and drug traffickers.

Police so far have arrested three suspects in relation to the murders of the Amazon pair, the federal police confirmed on June 19.

Police are investigating another five for their alleged involvement in hiding the bodies of the victims.

The pair had reportedly received death threats days before they disappeared.

A suspect named Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira admitted to killing the pair on June 15 and took police to the location of the bodies near the town of Atalaia do Norte, where the pair had been headed by boat.

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