Human remains found buried in the Amazon rainforest have been confirmed as belonging to missing British journalist and environmentalist Dom Phillips.
That suspect, fisherman Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, earlier in the week led Brazilian police officers to the location of the bodies, deep in the forest.
UK Latin America minister Vicky Ford confirmed on Saturday the remains were those of Phillips, who was doing research in the region.
Phillips and Pereira were last seen in a remote area of the Amazon rainforest on June 5, when the pair were on a research trip for a book Phillips had been working on.
Phillips has written for The Guardian and The Washington Post. He was researching for a book together with Pereira, who is a former head of isolated and recently contacted tribes at federal indigenous affairs agency Funai.
They were in the Javari Valley, near the border with Colombia and Peru which police say is a key route for drug trafficking.
The remote jungle is also home to the world’s largest number of uncontacted indigenous people, and has been invaded by illegal fishermen, hunters, loggers, and miners.
Greenpeace UK’s executive director Pat Venditti described the pair as “brave, passionate and determined men” who had carried out the “vital work of shining a light” on the daily threats Brazil’s indigenous peoples face in defending their land and rights.
In an opinion piece, Watts took aim at Brazilian authorities as well as the country’s President Jair Bolsonaro.
“The police refused to put a helicopter in the air after the two men were reported missing, and the military said it had the capacity to search but wasted more than a day while waiting for orders,” he wrote.