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Third suspect arrested over killing of Dom Phillips in the Amazon, as autopsy confirms cause of death

A third suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a British journalist in the Amazon.

Dom Phillips, alongside indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, went missing two weeks ago – but human remains have now been found.

Forensic tests have confirmed that Mr Phillips has been killed, and other remains discovered are believed to belong to Mr Pereira.

A man called Jefferson da Silva Lima has turned himself into a local police station.

Two brothers are also being held over their alleged involvement in the killings.

Earlier this week, officers said the main suspect – fisherman Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira – had led them to the burial site.

He also told officers that he used a firearm to commit the crime.

According to the police, Mr Phillips was shot in the chest, while Mr Pereira was shot in the head and abdomen.

Bruno Pereira disappeared in the Amazon with Dom Phillips on 5 June, 2022. Pic: BAND TV

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Bruno Pereira. Pic: BAND TV

An autopsy suggests that a “firearm with typical hunting ammunition was used”.

The pair were last seen on their boat on the Itaquai River – near the entrance of the Javari Valley Indigenous Territory, which borders Peru and Colombia.

That area has seen violent conflicts between fishermen, poachers and government agents.

In a statement, Mr Phillips’ wife Alessandra Sampaio said his family can now “say goodbye with love”.

She added: “We also begin our quest for justice. I hope that the investigations exhaust all possibilities and bring definitive answers on all relevant details as soon as possible.”

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