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Confusion over Amazon disappearances as Brazilian diplomacy relays misinformation

Members of the Brazilian Embassy in London wrongfully told relatives of British journalist Dom Phillips that authorities had found his body and that of indigenous expert Bruno Pereira

amazon disappearance Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira are missing since June 5. Photo: Brazilian Army via EFE
Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira went missing in a remote Amazon region on June 5. Photo: Brazilian Army via EFE

On Monday morning, the family of missing British journalist Dom Phillips awoke to the news that the body of their cherished relative — along with that of his travel companion, indigenous expert Bruno Pereira — had been found dead in the remote western Amazon.

Mr. Phillips’s brother-in-law, Paul Sherwood, received the news from Roberto Doring, the minister-counselor of the Brazilian Embassy in London. He said two bodies had been found in the surrounding area, tied to trees, and that they were likely to be Messrs. Phillips and Pereira.

Mr. Sherwood quickly made a phone call to Brazil to speak with...

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