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British journalsit Dome Phillips (R)

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Brasilia: Brazilian police on Friday identified the remains of British journalist Dom Phillips. He went missing earlier this month and was found buried in the Amazon. Phillips was on a book research trip. The 57-year-old journalist and his guide, Bruno Pereira, went missing in a remote part of the rainforest rife on June 5.

The area is known for illegal mining, fishing and drug trafficking. On Wednesday, a man took police to a place where he said he had buried bodies near the city of Atalaia do Norte, reported news agency AFP. Phillips and his guide were headed towards the place on a boat. Human remains were then brought to Brasilia for identification. A forensic dental exam confirmed that they belonged to Phillips.

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The Brazilian Police denied the involvement of a criminal organisation in the murders. As per the police, investigations revealed that the culprits have “acted alone”. “The investigations continue and there are indications of the participation of more people in the murders,” reported AFP quoting the police as saying.

Phillips was a long-time contributor to The Guardian and other newspapers. He was reportedly working on a book on sustainable development in the Amazon.

Meanwhile, the United States urged “accountability and justice” for the crime. US State Department spokesperson Ned Prince offered condolences to bereaved families. He said that the journalist and his guide were murdered for supporting the conservation of the rainforest and native people of the area. The UN also denounced the murder of the journalist and his guide.

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