Brazilian federal police have arrested another suspect in connection with the disappearance of a British journalist and a local expert in a remote area of the Amazon jungle.
The second suspect, 41-year-old Osni da Costa de Oliveira, is the brother of Ameraldo da Costa de Oliveira, the main suspect in the case.
Missing British journalist Dom Phillips, a regular contributor to the Guardian and the Washington Post, and Bruno Pereira were last seen by boat on June 5 passing through an illegal area of the Amazon jungle.
On Tuesday, police seized ammunition and an Awar Sao Gabriel village, where the two men were last seen. Police did not say why the items were seized, who they belonged to or where they were found.
Prior to his arrest, Osni da Costa de Oliveira claimed that police were torturing his brother Amerildo – also known locally as “Pilado” – to force him to confess. ۔ Her brother was arrested and taken into custody on Friday.
The search for the missing was nearing its end on Tuesday, as the area left by the search became smaller by the end of the day, according to Elisio Marubo, a lawyer for the local group UNIVAJA.
Marobo said local searchers reported traces of the men in the area and reported to authorities, which helped focus the search.
“We understand that we are moving towards the end. The search area has been further reduced,” he said.
On Monday, search parties comprising Army, Navy, Federal Police, Civil Defense, Firefighters and Military Police discovered a bag, laptop and other personal items submerged in the river.
The items were taken by boat by federal officials to Italy do Norte, the nearest town to be searched.
After analyzing the items, police confirmed that they belonged to missing persons, including Pereira’s health card and clothing.
Police said the bag – which was also found tied to a tree by a river – belonged to Phillips.
Last week, police found traces of blood on the main suspect’s boat.
The investigation has garnered worldwide attention, with some of the world’s most famous figures, lawmakers and sports stars calling for more work to be done to find the missing.
Actor Marc Rofalo, football legend Pele and US President Biden are among the notable names who have called on the Brazilian government to step up search efforts.
Post with wires