Dom Phillips: Clothes and laptop found in Amazon search for missing Briton – World News

Police said the items found included a backpack and a pair of boots belonging to Dom Phillips, 57, as well as a medical card, a sandal and a pair of boots belonging to 41-year-old Bruno Pereira.

Dom Phillips, 57, disappeared from a remote part of Brazil last week
Dom Phillips, 57, disappeared from a remote part of Brazil last week

Search teams have found the clothes, backpack and laptop belonging to a British journalist and his colleague who went missing in the Amazon rainforest seven days ago.

Dom Phillips, 57, and Brazilian Indigenous Affairs official Bruno Pereira, 41, disappeared from a remote part of Brazil last week.

Witnesses said they saw the couple – who were on a reporting trip – go down the Itacoai River in the municipality of Sao Rafael on Sunday June 5.

In a statement, Brazil Federal Police said the items unearthed included a backpack and a pair of boots belonging to Mr Phillips, as well as a medical card, black trousers, a black sandal and a pair of boots belonging to Mr Pereira.







Mr Phillips with his sister Sian from Lancaster
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Elizeu Mayaruna, who works for indigenous agency Funai, told Reuters he found clothing, a tarpaulin and a bottle of motor oil on Saturday while searching the forest along the Itacoai River.

And citing a fire department spokesman, the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported that divers on Sunday afternoon discovered a large, black Equinox-brand backpack containing books, a laptop and clothes.

The development comes as the family of Mr Phillips, a freelance reporter who has written for the Guardian and Washington Post, say their hopes of finding him alive have faded.

In a statement reported by The guardMaria Lucia Farias Sampaio, Mr Phillips’ mother-in-law, said she believes the couple are dead.







Mr Phillips is a freelance reporter who has written for the Guardian and Washington Post
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She said: “They are no longer with us. Mother Nature snatched her away with a grateful hug. The material has been reversed and incorporated into the earth 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 that is the heart of Brazil.”

The newspaper said Mr Phillips’ wife, Alessandra Sampaio, reposted the statement on Instagram and said she agreed.







Police officers and a rescue team are conducting a search for Mr Phillips and Bruno Pereira
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Reports surfaced on Saturday that police searching for the two men had discovered “apparently human” remains in the Itaquai River near the port of Atalaia do Norte.

Authorities previously said blood found on a suspect’s boat had been sent for analysis.

Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, 41, also known as Pelado, was previously named a suspect and arrested for allegedly carrying a firearm without a permit – a common practice in the area.







Forensic scientists examine a boat after the couple’s disappearance
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Police did not explain why he was being treated as a suspect, but it is believed he was among a group of men who threatened the missing men near an indigenous territory on Saturday June 4.

Costa’s lawyers and family said he legally fished the river but denied he played a role in the men’s disappearance.

About 150 soldiers had been deployed in river boats to hunt for the couple and interview locals, joining Indigenous search teams that have been searching for them for a week.

A GoFundMe set up by friends of the men surpassed its $20,000 goal early Monday.

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