Dom Phillips’ body was found at the tragic end of the Amazon search amid fears he had been killed by the ‘mafia’.

British journalist Dom Phillips’ body was found in the Amazon over fears he had been killed by the ‘fish mafia’.

Phillips’ wife Alessandra Sampaio confirmed that her husband was found with indigenous expert Bruno Pereira on Monday, according to a report.

Dom Phillips' body was found in the Amazon


Dom Phillips’ body was found in the Amazon

Brazilian journalist André Trigueiro said Alessandra informed him of the tragic news.

He tweeted: “Alessandra, wife of Dom Phillips, has just informed me that the bodies of her husband and Indigenous activist Bruno Pereira have been found.”

Brazilian authorities have yet to confirm whether the bodies belong to the two men.

Foreign correspondent Phillips, 57, and his guide Pereira, 41, disappeared in the Brazilian jungle last week.

The men were in the municipality of Sao Rasael and returned by boat to the nearby town of Atalaia do Norte, but never arrived.

It comes after search teams previously found the men’s clothing and what appeared to be “human” organic material in a river where the two disappeared in the Amazon.

Local fisherman Amariledo “Pelado” da Costa was arrested over the disappearance and blood was discovered on a tarpaulin in his wooden boat.

According to ABC News, police have refined their investigations into members of Brazil’s “fish mafia.”

This international network pays poor fishermen to illegally fish in the country’s second largest indigenous territory, authorities claim.

According to the US outlet, the program is run by local businessmen who pay fishermen to enter the Javari Valley to catch and ship fish to them.

Fishermen have been known to scout the area for arapaima – a 440-pound fish that can reach ten feet and sells for a hefty price.

Paledo is the only known suspect arrested.

Locals who were with Phillips and Pereira before the disappearance allege Paledo pointed a gun at them the day before they disappeared.

He denies any wrongdoing and claims Brazilian military police tortured him to get a confession, his family told the Associated Press. Dom Phillips’ body was found at the tragic end of the Amazon search amid fears he had been killed by the ‘mafia’.


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