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13 Jun 2022

The Guardian

Brazil: According to diplomats, bodies feared to be of journalist and Indigenous expert are found; Federal Police denies it

"Two bodies found in search for Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira, Brazilian embassy says", 13 June 2022

...Bodies feared to be those of the British journalist Dom Phillips and the Brazilian Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira have been found in the Amazon one week after the pair disappeared, according Brazil diplomats.

An aide to the Brazilian ambassador to the UK broke the news to Phillips’s family in the UK during a phone call early on Monday.

“He said he wanted us to know that … they had found two bodies,” said Paul Sherwood, Phillips’s brother-in-law. “He didn’t describe the location and just said it was in the rainforest and he said they were tied to a tree and they hadn’t been identified yet.”

Sherwood added: “He said that when it was light, or when it was possible they would do an identification.”

But there was confusion later on Monday when the federal police appeared to deny the aide’s comments...

...Indigenous search parties had not confirmed the discovery of two bodies at the search site...

On Sunday evening a federal police statement said the recovered items included a pair of trousers, a pair of boots and a healthcare card belonging to Pereira and a backpack filled with clothes and a pair of boots belonging to Phillips...