Blood found in suspect’s boat as Brazilian police investigate Amazon disappearances
France24 says traces of blood have been found on the boat of a suspect arrested in connection with the disappearance of a British journalist and a Brazilian indigenous expert in the Amazon, authorities said Thursday, as calls grew for officials to intensify the search.
Dom Phillips, 57, a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper, and Bruno Pereira, 41, a specialist in indigenous peoples, were reported missing on Sunday after they ventured into the middle of the Amazon rainforest.
“Traces of blood were found on the boat of Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, 41,” Brazil police said in a statement, saying 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 region, for expert analysis, the statement added.
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