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10 Jun 2022

Buenos Aires Times

Brazil: Suspect of involvement in disappearance of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira is arrested; traces of blood were found

"Brazil police find blood on suspect's boat in case of missing reporter, expert", 10 June 2022

..."Traces of blood were found on the boat of Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, 41," Brazil police said in a statement, adding that the suspect known as "Pelado" was arrested on Tuesday. 

"The material collected is on its way to Manaus," the capital of the Amazonas state, for expert analysis...

The statement is a grim twist in the ongoing search for the two men, whose fate remains unknown.

The Brazilian authorities said they are hopeful of finding the pair alive but do not exclude any outcome, including that of homicide, in a region where trafficking is rife.

High-profile personalities and environmental and human rights groups have rallied to the cause, urging President Jair Bolsonaro to step up the search...

Bolsonaro, who was attending the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, said Thursday: "Let's pray to God that they are still alive."

But, he added, "With each day that passes, those chances fade."

He had drawn criticism in past days for appearing to blame the missing men, saying they had undertaken an "unadvisable adventure"...