Hopes are growing for missing British journalist Dom Phillips in the Amazon after human remains believed not to belong to him have been found in the river.

HUMAN remains found during hunt for missing British journalist Dom Phillips are reportedly NOT being held by him.

The news has raised new hopes that veteran foreign correspondent and Indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, 41, may still be found alive.

Two senior police officers said the remains found in the search for Briton Dom Phillips, 57, were not his

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Two senior police officers said the remains found in the search for Briton Dom Phillips, 57, were not hisCredit: company
Bruno Pereira, 41, was with the journalist on reporting assignment when they disappeared

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Bruno Pereira, 41, was with the journalist on reporting assignment when they disappearedCredit: company

The couple disappeared into the Amazon last Sunday after venturing deep into the jungle by boat for a reporting assignment.

Brazil’s federal police announced they found remains in a river on Friday, raising concerns they could be among the missing duo.

But two top police officers have now suggested that the “apparently human” organic material is not linked to the case.

A federal police officer and state detective told Reuters that the location and condition of the gruesome discovery cast doubt on the original theory.

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Sources say the remains were near the port of Atalaia do Norte – a town over 40 miles from where Dom, 57, and Bruno were last seen.

Both men disappeared after visiting the riverside fishing community of São Gabriel.

The two investigators also hinted that the remains could be leftovers from a local butcher rather than belonging to the couple.

The material was sent for forensic analysis to determine its source.

Both police officers admitted that the origin of the remains would only be confirmed after further investigation.

Around 150 soldiers were deployed in river boats to support Indigenous search teams in their desperate hunt for Dom and Bruno.

Police faced international pressure to step up the investigation as public figures urged authorities to pull out the finger.

Brazilian icons, from soccer star Pele to singer Caetano Veloso, have joined politicians, environmentalists and human rights activists in urging President Jair Bolsonaro to step up the search for them.

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

Police said they collected genetic material from the missing duo to compare to the blood.

Police have been granted an additional 30 days to hold da Costa while they continue the investigation.

Local fisherman Amariledo

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Local fisherman Amariledo “Pelado” da Costa was arrestedPhoto credit: CEN

He was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with illegal possession of drugs and restricted ammunition.

His lawyer denies that he played a role in the men’s disappearance.

Police have indicated that da Costa was one of the last people to see Philips and Pereira around 6am on Sunday.

The suspect’s lawyers and family said he fished the river legally and denied he had any role in the men’s disappearance.

Despite the recent dark turn of events, authorities hope to find the two men alive.

But they also say they are not ruling out any outcome, including murder, in a region where drug trafficking and poaching are rife.

There are fears the couple could be targeted for their work, which highlights environmental damage.

Bruno has recently received a number of death threats for his work against illegal fishing and mining.

And Dom has written about the destruction of the Amazon in articles for The Guardian and The New York Times.

He has also written a book on the environment after reporting from Brazil for 15 years.

The authorities have faced international pressure to intensify the search for the couple

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The authorities have faced international pressure to intensify the search for the couplePhoto credit: Reuters
Around 150 soldiers are assisting indigenous search teams in the hunt

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About 150 soldiers are assisting indigenous search teams in the huntPhoto credit: Reuters

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