Dom Phillips: Clothes and laptop found in search of missing Brit on Amazon – World News
Police said the items found included a backpack and a pair of boots belonging to Dom Phillips, 57, and a health card, a sandal and a pair of boots belonging to Bruno Pereira, 41.
Search teams have found clothes, a backpack and a laptop belonging to a British journalist and his colleague who both went missing in the Amazon rainforest seven days ago.
Dom Phillips, 57, and Brazilian indigenous affairs official Bruno Pereira, 41, went missing from a remote area of Brazil last week.
Witnesses said they saw the couple – who were on a reporting trip – descend the Itacoai River in the community of Sao Rafael on Sunday June 5.
In a statement, Brazilian Federal Police said the items discovered included a backpack and a pair of boots belonging to Mr Phillips, as well as a health card, black pants, a black sandal and a pair of boots belonging to Mr. Pereira.
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Elizeu Mayaruna, who works for indigenous agency Funai, told Reuters he found clothes, a tarp and a bottle of motor oil as he searched the forest along the Itacoai River on Saturday.
And quoting a fire department spokesperson, the O Estado de S. Paulo newspaper reported that divers discovered a large black Equinox-branded backpack with books, a laptop and clothes inside on Sunday after- midday.
The development comes as the family of Mr Phillips, a freelance journalist who writes for the Guardian and the Washington Post, say their hopes of finding him alive have dimmed.
In a statement reported by The GuardianMaria Lucia Farias Sampaio, Mr Phillips’ stepmother, said she believed the couple were dead.
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She said: “They are no longer with us. Mother nature tore them away with a grateful embrace. The material was undone and incorporated into the land they so loved and respected.
“Their souls have joined those of so many others who have given their lives in defense of the rainforest and indigenous peoples. Today they are part of an immense and pulsating vital energy that emanates from this immense greenery that is the heart of Brazil.”
The newspaper said Mr Phillips’ wife, Alessandra Sampaio, reposted the statement on Instagram saying she agreed.
Reports emerged 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, had previously been named as a suspect and arrested for allegedly carrying a firearm without a license – a common practice in the area.
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Police did not say why he was being treated as a suspect, but he was believed to have been part of a group of men who threatened the missing men near Indigenous territory on Saturday June 4.
Lawyers and Costa’s family said he was fishing the river legally, but denied playing a role in the men’s disappearance.
Some 150 troops had been deployed via riverboats to hunt the pair and interview locals, joining indigenous search parties who had been searching for them for a week.
A GoFundMe set up by Friends of Men surpassed its goal of $20,000 early Monday.