Federal Police Forensics Team Confirms that The Body Found in Amazonas Belongs to Dom Phillips

Fisherman confessed to murdering Dom Phillips and indigenous activist Bruno Pereira, in the Vale do Javari region

The Federal Police reported this Friday (17) that part of the human remains found on Wednesday (15), in the Vale do Javari region, belong to British journalist Dom Phillips, 57.

According to the corporation, the confirmation came from an examination of legal dentistry, combined with forensic anthropology.

"It is still ongoing the police work to fully identify the remains, in order to properly understand the causes of deaths, as well as to indicate the dynamics of the crime and concealment of the bodies," the corporation said in a statement.

The PF is also carrying out investigations to identify the remains of indigenous activist Bruno Pereira, 41, who disappeared with Dom on June 5th.

According to the Federal Police, fisherman Amarildo da Costa Oliveira, known as Pelado, pointed out to the authorities where he had buried the bodies, and where he had hidden the boat in which Bruno and Dom were traveling. Now, the corporation will wait for the results of forensics to identify whether the human remains found are theirs.

Forensics will also determine the cause of death and the weapon used in the crime. According to the PF, Pelado said the deaths occurred with the use of gunshots.

Translated by Cassy Dias