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Police arrest third suspect in Amazon death

BRAZIL – Brazil’s federal police said on Saturday that a third suspect has been arrested in the deaths of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira. The couple disappeared almost two weeks ago; Phillips’ murder was confirmed after forensic examinations; Other remains are believed to belong to Pereira.

Police said in a statement that Jefferson da Silva Lima, known as Pelado da Dinha, turned himself in at the police station in Atalaia do Norte, in the Amazon.

As the police announced, the suspect is brought to a detention hearing.

Two other men are already in prison for alleged involvement in the killings: Amarildo Oliveira, known as Pelado, and his brother Oseney de Oliveira, known as Dos Santos.

Phillips and Pereira were last seen on June 5 on their boat on the Itaquai River near the entrance to the Javari Valley indigenous territory, which borders Peru and Colombia.

On Friday, federal police said human remains found in Brazil’s remote Amazon region have been identified as belonging to Phillips, 57.

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Other remains found at the site near the town of Atalaia do Norte have not yet been identified but are believed to belong to indigenous expert Pereira, 41.

“The confirmation (of Phillips’ remains) was made on the basis of dental examinations and anthropological forensics,” federal police said in a statement. “A full identification of the remains is being worked on so that we can determine the cause of death as well as the dynamics of the crime and the hiding of the bodies.”

The remains were found Wednesday after fisherman Pelado confessed to killing the couple and took police to where he was said to have buried the bodies. He told officers he used a firearm to commit the crime.

The remains had arrived in the capital, Brasilia, on Thursday for forensics to do their work.

Violent clashes erupted between fishermen, poachers and government agents in the area where Phillips and Pereira went missing.

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