Brazil. Two men disappeared in Amazon.

Friday's announcement by authorities was made in connection with the disappearance of Dom Phillips, a British journalist, and Bruno Pereira, a Brazilian indigenous scientist in remote areas of the Brazilian Amazon.

Brazil. Two men disappeared in Amazon.

Friday's announcement by authorities was made in connection with the disappearance of Dom Phillips, a British journalist, and Bruno Pereira, a Brazilian indigenous scientist in remote areas of the Brazilian Amazon.

"The research teams found in the river, close to the port of Atalaia Do Norte, apparently organic matter human." This will be the subject of an expertise, according to a press release by the federal police spokesperson, who is also involved in the research it leads along with local and armed forces teams.

The Federal Police did not specify whether the organic material was discovered by firefighters while they were looking for traces of excavation on the Itaquai River, Amazonas, where the firefighters were travelling. Two men vanished with the organic material.

"We were told that there was a mound made of earth. It looked like an excavation. As if some kind of thing had been buried. Then mud was thrown on top of it," stated the second lieutenant in the fire department. Geonivan Maciel spoke to reporters. "We'll dig down to find out if there is anything.

He said, "We can't say there is even the slightest trace of it, but we'll see if something could be found that would make it possible to link the two missing."

The search for the men has been intensified by the Brazilian army and federal police after a slow start. They were last seen in Sao Gabriel on Sunday morning, just a few miles from their destination, Atalaia do Norte.

41-year-old male was taken into custody. Blood traces on his boat were also to be examined.

Witnesses claimed that he was speeding past on a boat in the same direction as Dom Phillips, a 57-year old Guardian regular contributor, and Bruno Pereira (41 years), when they were last seen.

They were travelling together in Javari Valley, an area difficult to reach in the west Amazon. It is close to Peru, and considered dangerous due to the presence of many traffickers.

Federal police stated Wednesday that they would not exclude any track, including that of murder, from an area considered to be "dangerous." Local indigenous activists claim that Bruno Pereira was often threatened by the government for fighting against indigenous land encroachment.

Family members of the missing and indigenous groups have criticised Jair Bolsonaro's government for not deploying search teams quickly enough. Jair Bolsonaro, speaking at the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on Friday, stated that "from the first moment, both our armed forces as well as the Federal Police were mobilized in the relentless search for these persons."

This statement was made just days after the Office of the United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner had stated that Brasilia's response had been "extremely slow". It also expressed concern about the disappearance of two people and the attacks on journalists and activists in Brazil.

Jair Bolsonaro previously called Dom Phillips' and Bruno Pereira’s expedition an "adventure". He said that "in this region, we're generally escorted" on Thursday.

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