According to reports, one of the accused in the murder of a well-known British journalist confessed to killing him and killing and dismembering a local expert in Brazil earlier this month.
The confession comes after human remains were found Wednesday in the Amazon area where freelance reporter Dom Phillips, who wrote for the Guardian and the Washington Post, and Bruno Pereira went missing on June 5.
The remains have not yet been identified, According to Justice Minister Anderson Torres.
The two men were last seen by boat across a remote part of the Amazon rainforest.
Two suspects, Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira and Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, have been arrested by Brazilian federal police in connection with their disappearance.
According to the Mirror, the local Brazilian broadcaster Band News reported that a suspect had confessed to killing the two men and dismembering their bodies. Another outlet, TV Globo, quoted federal police sources as saying that the suspects had confessed to the crime. According to a Reuters report.
Mirror, Citing a report from a local outlet, R7, it was reported that the men were “killed, quarters and set on fire.”
Phillips and Pereira could not be identified, although the suspects also told authorities where they dumped the bodies after burning them. According to R7.
Both suspects are fishermen.
Reuters witness Police saw one of the suspects being taken to a river where the couple had disappeared.
One The Associated Press photographer testified. Police are taking one of the suspects on a boat in a town near the search zone. Since the suspect was wearing a hood, it is not clear who the authorities were with.
Federal police said that after a suspect was taken to the search area, they would hold a press conference Wednesday evening to provide an “extraordinary explanation for the investigation” in an earlier statement.
President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday afternoon that he was confident the case would be settled “in the coming hours.”
Police seized ammunition and an awning in the village of Sao Gabriel, where the two men were last seen, although it is not clear when the items were seized.
Prior to his arrest, Osini da Costa de Oliveira accused police of torturing his brother to force him to confess. Emeraldo da Costa de Oliveira was arrested on Friday.
Post with wires