Police Arrest a Man for Disappearing in the Amazon and Found Blood on His Boat


British journalist Dom Phillips, a contributor to The Guardian newspaper, and Brazilian native Bruno Arajo Pereira has been missing since Sunday morning.

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Brazilian Federal Police (PF) Analyze “stains of blood” found this Thursday on the boat of the only suspect ever arrested as part of the investigation into the disappearance of a British journalist and a Brazilian native in the Amazon last Sunday.

British journalist Dom Phillips, Newspaper Contributor Guardian, and Brazilian indigenous Bruno Arrazo Pereira They have been missing since Sunday morning in the Javari Valley, a remote and wilderness region in the Brazilian Amazon, where they were researching to write a book.

according to a statement from Crisis Management Committee, Created Wednesday to coordinate search efforts, “spots of blood found on boat” Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, 41 years old and . is referred to as naked, Caught red handed on Tuesday”.

“The collected material is on its way Manaus -Regional capital-, in tactical helicopter black eagle, to be subject to expertise,” said the statement of the committee headed by PF and in which civil and military police, Regional Fire Department, Navy and Army.

judge Jacinta Silva dos Santos Approved aka’s “Temporary Jail” Request naked, Arms, ammunition and illegal drugs were confiscated. The suspect was seen on Sunday in a boat behind the boat of the missing, who were on their way to the municipality via the river North Watchtower.

According to the committee, the so-called Operacin Javar In the last 24 hours, by river and air, traveled 100 kms of the area and residents of cities were interrogated santa cruz, waterfall, so gabriel You San Rafael, The last city where the missing were seen alive.

Every hour that passes without concrete news about the disappearance adds to the pressure of international organizations on the Brazilian government, accused of being late to the case.

this thursday, Amnist International (AI) I also requested the officials here Colombia You To To assist in the search for missing people who were in an area close to the borders with those countries, in an area where they were investigating threats against indigenous peoples.

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According to the AI, “given the failure of the Brazilian authorities to trace the disappearance”, it is necessary that the government of the President Jair Bolsonaro Double effort, as well as international cooperation.

Bolsonaro expressed his wish that “they would be found”, but acknowledged the possibility that “he would have been executed”. And they said they were reckless because of their “adventure” in an area that has become an area of ​​activity for groups devoted to illegal logging, fishing, mining and hunting, as well as drug trafficking.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) The delay in starting the search was criticized by local authorities on Wednesday, while the embassy’s char d’affaires United Kingdom and interim responsible for that diplomatic representation, Melanie Hopkins, expressed his “concern” about the lack of more news this Thursday.

Hopkins said on his Twitter profile, “We understand that the remote location of the region presents considerable logistical challenges and we have already asked the Brazilian government to do everything possible to investigate the matter and we have given so far.” Appreciate the attention given.”

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