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Authorities find boat of Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira in Amazon-EnglishHindiBlogs-News

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The couple had traveled to the Javari Valley, in the far west of the Brazilian Amazon, before they were killed.

The boat was located at a depth of about 20 meters (over 65 feet), capsized with six bags of sand to make it difficult to float, at a distance of 30 meters from the right bank of the Itacoaí River, near the Cachoeira community, according to a Civil Police report.

A suspect arrested on Saturday told authorities the location of the speedboat.

Three suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the murders, Brazil’s federal police confirmed on Sunday, and five others are being investigated for their alleged involvement in covering up the bodies of the victims.

“Investigations are continuing to clarify all the circumstances, reasons and people involved in the case,” police said in a statement.

Phillips and Pereira disappeared while conducting research for a book project on conservation efforts in the area, which authorities have described as ‘complicated’ and ‘dangerous’, and known to be home to illegal miners, loggers and international drug traffickers.

They reportedly received death threats just days before their disappearance.

Their case drew worldwide attention to the perils that journalists and environmental activists often face in Brazil.

Between 2009 and 2019, more than 300 people were killed in Brazil in land and resource conflicts in the Amazon, according to Human Rights Watch, citing figures from the Pastoral Land Commission, a nonprofit affiliated with Catholic Church.

And in 2020, Global Witness ranked Brazil the fourth most dangerous country for environmental activism, based on documented killings of environmental activists. Almost three-quarters of those attacks in Brazil took place in the Amazon region, he said.

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