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Amazon fisherman confesses to killing missing men

MANAUS (AP) – A fisherman confessed to killing a British journalist and an Indigenous expert in Brazil’s remote Amazon region and took police to a site where human remains were recovered, a federal investigator said after a grim 10-day search for the missing pair.

Authorities said on Wednesday that they expected to make more arrests in the case of freelance reporter Dom Phillips and Bruno Pereira of Brazil, who disappeared on June 5. None had been made as of yesterday morning, but police said searches for the boat the two had used were about to restart.

At a news conference in the Amazon city of Manaus, a federal police investigator said the prime suspect in the case confessed on Tuesday night and detailed what happened to Phillips and Pereira. Investigator Eduardo Alexandre Fontes said Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, 41, told officers he used a firearm to kill the men.

“We would have no way of getting to that spot quickly without the confession,” Torres said of the place where police recovered human remains on Wednesday after being led there by de Oliveira.

Torres said the remains were expected to be identified within days, and if confirmed as the missing men, “will be returned to the families of the two”.