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Dom Phillips: Blood found on boat in search of British journalist missing at Amazon – World News

Guardian journalist Dom Philips, 57, and indigenous expert Bruno Araujo Pereira went missing in the municipality of Sao Rafael on Sunday during a reporting trip to the remote Javari Valley

British journalist Dom Phillips, who went missing while reporting in a remote and lawless part of the Amazon rainforest
British journalist Dom Phillips, who went missing while reporting in a remote and lawless part of the Amazon rainforest

Blood was found on the boat of a suspect arrested in connection with the disappearance of a British journalist in the Amazon rainforest.

Guardian journalist Dom Philips, 57, and Indigenous expert Bruno Araujo Pereira were last seen in the community of Sao Rafael on Sunday morning.

The couple reported a trip to the lawless, remote Javari Valley near the Peruvian and Colombian borders, home to the world’s largest uncontacted tribal population.

Police found bloodstains on a boat owned by fisherman Amarildo da Costa – also known as “Pelado”, who was arrested earlier this week.

He was charged with illegal possession and restricted ammunition.







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In a statement released yesterday, federal police said a forensic officer and state police searching for “possible genetic material” made the discovery, which was sent to Manaus, Brazil, for analysis.

A detective said it has not yet been determined if the blood on the boat was human.

Da Costa’s lawyer, Davi Oliveira, denied that his client was involved in the double disappearance.

Six other men were questioned by police.







Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira
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Phillips was last seen on Sunday
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Well-wishers gathered for a vigil in London on Thursday.

Ex-footballer Pelé retweeted a video of Mr Phillips’ wife calling for search efforts to be stepped up.

The 81-year-old sports legend wrote: “The fight to save the Amazon forest and indigenous peoples belongs to all of us.

“I am touched by the disappearance of Dom Phillips and Bruno Ferreira who are dedicating their lives to this cause. I join the many voices calling for the search to be intensified.”







Indigenous Mauruna, Matis and Canamari groups involved in the search
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been criticized for calling Mr Philips and Pereira’s work in the Amazon an “adventure”.

“Really, just two people in a boat in such a wild region is not a recommended adventure,” he said in a television interview.

“Anything could happen. It could be an accident, it could be that you were killed.”

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