One of the suspects charged in the slaying of a well-known British journalist confessed to killing and dismembering him and the indigenous expert he was with in Brazil earlier this month, according to reports.
The reported confession comes as human remains were found Wednesday in the Amazon area where freelance reporter Dom Phillips, who has written for the Guardian and Washington Post, and Bruno Pereira had disappeared on June 5.
The remains have not yet been identified, according to Justice Minister Anderson Torres.
The two men were last seen passing through a remote part of the Amazon rainforest by boat.
Two suspects, Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira and Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, have been arrested by Brazil’s federal police in connection to their disappearance.
Local Brazilian broadcaster Band News, according to the Mirror, reported one of the suspects admitted that they killed and dismembered the bodies of the two men. Another outlet, TV Globo, reported the suspects confessed, citing federal police sources, according to a Reuters report.
The Mirror, citing a report from local outlet R7, reported the men were “killed, quartered and set fire.”
Phillips and Pereira haven’t been found, though the suspects also told authorities where they dumped the bodies after burning them, according to R7.
The two suspects are fishermen.
Reuters witnesses saw police take one of the suspects out on the river where the pair disappeared.
An Associated Press photographer witnessed police take one of the suspects on a boat in a city near the search zone. Because the suspect was wearing a hood, it’s unclear who authorities were with.
Federal police said after a suspect was taken to the search area, it would hold a press conference Wednesday evening to make “an exceptional clarification about the investigations” in an earlier statement.
President Jair Bolsonaro said Wednesday afternoon he believed the case would conclude “in coming hours.”
Police seized ammunition and an oar in the village of Sao Gabriel, where the two men were last seen, though it’s unclear when the items were confiscated.
Prior to his arrest, Oseney da Costa de Oliveira accused police of torturing his brother to force a confession out of him. Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira was arrested Friday.
With Post wires