By FABIANNO MAISONNAVE and EDMAR BARROS, Associated Press
ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil (AP) — Police said Wednesday they have found human remains in the Amazon area where an indigenous expert and a British journalist went missing more than a week ago, Brazil’s justice minister said Wednesday.
Justice Minister Anderson Torres said the remains had not been identified.
Writing on Twitter, he said: “I was just informed by the federal police that ‘human remains have been found at the site where the excavation was taking place.’ Those will be sent to forensics.”
No further details were immediately available, but federal police have scheduled a news conference.
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THIS IS A LAST MINUTE UPDATE. The previous AP story follows below.
ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil (AP) — Brazilian police led a suspect into the river Wednesday toward search teams looking for the remains of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira. Both disappeared on June 5.
An Associated Press photographer in Atalaia do Norte witnessed the suspect, who was hooded, being taken away by police in a boat.
Federal police did not immediately respond to AP inquiries seeking details.
On Tuesday, police said they had arrested a second suspect in connection to the disappearance of Phillips and Pereira, who were traveling through a remote area of the Amazon.
The police arrested Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, 41, a fisherman and brother of the man until now considered by the police to be the main suspect in the case, Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, also 41, nicknamed Pelado.
De Oliveira told the AP on Friday that he had visited Pelado in jail and was told that local police had tortured him in an attempt to extract a confession. De Oliveira said his brother was innocent.
Both men were detained in the Atalaia do Norte prison. Due to the hood, it was unclear who was being led by the police.
____ Maisonnave reported from Leticia, Colombia.
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