Cops ‘question five suspects’ after British journalist Dom Phillips and another man die – Reuters

Police were driven to where the remains of the missing pair were buried by Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira after he confessed to shooting the pair and dismembering them.

Brazilian police transport coffin containing recovered human remains believed to be Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira
Brazilian police transport coffin containing recovered human remains believed to be Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira

Brazilian police have reportedly questioned five suspects in the murder of Dom Phillips, who disappeared in a remote part of the Amazon last week.

Brazilian Justice Minister Anderson Torres said human remains had been found near where the 57-year-old journalist and his traveling companion Bruno Pereira, 41, disappeared on June 5, with police saying that a suspect had led investigators to the scene after confessing to the shooting death.

Two of the suspects are the Oseney brothers and Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, who on June 15 allegedly confessed to murdering the couple with a gun and concealing their remains, the Mail Online reports.







Police officers escort Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, accused of involvement in the murders
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However, it is reported that Brazilian detectives are questioning three other people about the alleged killings.

The other two are suspected of helping to conceal the remains of Phillips and Pereira and ordering the hit, according to federal police officers who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Authorities have yet to formally identify the remains, but they are claimed to be the remains of the missing pair.

The couple were in a remote jungle near the border with Colombia and Peru called the Javari Valley, home to the largest number of uncontacted indigenous people in the world. The area has been overrun by fishermen, hunters, loggers and illegal miners, and police are calling it a key route for drug trafficking.

Police were reportedly led to where the remains are buried by prime suspect Amarildo, who has now confessed to shooting and dismembering the couple, with a motive not yet clear.







Dom Phillips disappeared on June 5 in a remote jungle near the border with Colombia and Peru
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Phillips’ wife issued an appeal for information last week, but said “now we can take them home and say goodbye with love” after the discovery.

In a statement, Mr Phillips’ wife, Alessandra Sampaio, said: “Although we are still awaiting final confirmations, this tragic outcome puts an end to the anxiety of not knowing the whereabouts of Dom and Bruno.

“We also begin our quest for justice. I hope the inquiries will exhaust all possibilities and provide definitive answers on all relevant details as soon as possible.

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