The search for the missing journalist and expert in Brazil is coming to an end.  "Search area has been greatly reduced"

The search for the British journalist Dom Phillips and the indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, who disappeared in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, is coming to an end, as the area to be searched is shrinking. The announcement was made by a Univaja indigenous spokesman, Reuters reports.

Phillips and Pereira disappeared more than a week ago on a remote stretch of the Itacoai River in the far west of Brazil, near the border with Colombia and Peru.

Eliesio Marubo, a representative of the Univaja indigenous people, said they informed authorities after finding traces of men in the area, helping to concentrate the search.

“It simply came to our notice then. The search area has been further reduced, “Marubo said Monday night.

On Sunday, police said the property of the two men was found near the place where they were last seen on June 5.

In a letter to the Phillips family, the Brazilian ambassador to London apologized on Tuesday for transmitting incorrect information, which referred to the discovery of bodies.

“The information received from investigators in Brazil misled the embassy,” wrote Ambassador Fred Arruda, adding: “I sincerely apologize!”

Brazilian federal police say they are expected to complete a forensic analysis of a blood sample taken from the boat of a man suspected of involvement in the case this week.

Police said over the weekend that the property of the missing men who had been recovered included Pereira’s ID card and a backpack containing clothes and a laptop.

Pereira, a former chief of the isolated tribes in the Amazon, embarked on a research trip with Phillips, a freelance reporter who wrote for The Guardian and the Washington Post and was working on a book about Amazon.

The two were in the remote area of ​​the jungle, which is home to the largest number of uncontacted natives in the world. Due to its isolation, the region has attracted cocaine traffickers, loggers, miners and illegal hunters.

The news of the disappearance of the two echoed globally, human rights organizations, environmentalists and supporters of the free press urged Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to intensify searches.

Indigenous protesters, carrying placards depicting the faces of the two men, went to the Brazilian Ministry of Justice on Tuesday to demand justice and answers.

Bolsonaro, who in the past faced uncomfortable questions from Phillips at a press conference on weakening environmental law, said last week that the two men “were on an adventure that is not recommended.” speculated that they could have been executed.

Editor: Liviu Cojan

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