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Brazilian Federal Police said on Saturday they had arrested a third suspect in the murder of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira in the Amazon rainforest nearly two weeks ago.
Jeferson da Silva Lima went to a police station in Atalaia do Norte, in the remote Javari Valley on the border of Peru and Colombia.
“The detainee will be questioned and remanded for a custody hearing,” police said in a statement.
A forensic examination carried out on human remains found in the area confirmed on Saturday that they belonged to Pereira. Phillips’ body was identified on Friday.
POLICE ARRESTS SECOND SUSPECT IN CONNECTION WITH MISSING MEN IN BRAZILIAN AMAZON
Police said both were shot with hunting ammunition, with Pereira being shot once in the head and twice in the chest and abdomen. Phillips was shot in the chest.
MISSING BRITISH JOURNALIST DOM PHILLIPS: TWO BODIES FOUND IN BRAZILIAN AMAZON; IDENTIFICATION IN PROGRESS
Phillips, a freelance journalist who had written for the Guardian and the Washington Post, was researching a book about the trip with Pereira, a former remote tribesman and recent contact at the federal indigenous affairs agency Funai.
They disappeared on June 5 while traveling the area together by boat.
Police have so far arrested Amarildo da Costa Oliveira, a fisherman who confessed to killing the two men, and his brother, Oseney da Costa, who was arrested earlier this week.
Federal police said on Friday the killers acted alone, which local indigenous group Univaja disputed, saying it had repeatedly spoken to officials of a criminal organization operating in the Javari Valley, a wilderness area that attracted cocaine dealers, as well as illegal hunters and fishers. .
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