Dom Phillips and Brune Pereira were reported missing on June 5 in a remote part of the Amazon rainforest and, despite optimism they might be found alive, his wife has now said any hope of seeing him return home is gone
Missing British journalist Dom Phillips’ wife and mother-in-law have said all hope of finding him alive is gone.
In a heartbreaking statement, they paid tribute to the beloved husband and son-in-law, as well as his traveling companion and friend Bruno Pereira.
Mr Phillips disappeared along with veteran Indigenous expert Mr Pereira on June 5 in a remote part of the western Amazon.
After days of searching by the army, navy, police and indigenous people in the remote region, little was found of the two men.
Now Mr Phillips’ mother-in-law has said in a heartfelt statement that she has lost all hope of ever seeing him return home. Mr Phillips’ wife re-released the statement and said she agreed with it.
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In a post she wrote on Instagram, she said: “They are no longer with us. Mother Nature swept her away with a grateful hug.
“The material was undone and incorporated into the soil they so loved and respected.
“Their souls have joined those of so many others who gave their lives defending the rainforest and indigenous peoples.
“Today they are part of an immense and vibrant life energy that emanates from this immense green in the heart of Brazil.”
The two men disappeared while on a reporting trip as part of a trip Mr Phillips was taking for a book he was working on.
Pereira was a regular guide and friend and they interviewed the indigenous people throughout the expedition.
They were first reported missing when their boat failed to show up at the scheduled return point in the town of Atalaia do Norte.
One man, Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, was arrested by authorities and seen threatening the couple a day before they disappeared.
Traces of blood found on Da Costa’s boat and what police described as “apparently human organic material” had been sent for forensics.
Police have been granted an additional 30 days to detain Da Costa while their investigation continues. However, his lawyer denies that he played any role in the men’s disappearance.
But there was a brief moment of hope after reports emerged that the human remains that authorities discovered in the river allegedly did not belong to the couple.
Two senior police officers have indicated that the human remains recently found are not linked to the case.
A federal police officer and a state detective told Reuters that the location and state of the macabre discovery cast doubt on the original conclusions.
The “apparently human” remains were found near the port of Atalaia do Norte, a town over 40 miles from where Mr Philips and Mr Peteira were last seen.
The two investigators also hinted that the remains could actually be scraps from a local butcher and not human.
Mr Pereira had previously received threats for his work in the region against illegal fishing and mining.
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