Two brothers have admitted to murdering British journalist Dom Phillips and his partner Bruno Pereira in the Amazon rainforest, it has been reported.
Mr Phillips and Mr Pereira, a Brazilian national expert, was missing more than a week ago on a remote stretch of the Itaquai River.
Band News said on Wednesday that Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira and his brother Oseney da Costa de Oliveira had confessed to killing her.
Band also reported federal police said the suspects allegedly dismembered the bodies, set them on fire and threw them into a ditch.
During his confession, Oseney Oliveira apparently took the police to the scene.
Mr Phillips, 57, and Mr Pereira, 41, were last seen on June 5 at the entrance to the Javari Valley Indigenous Territory, which borders Peru and Colombia.
The brothers, both 41-year-old fishermen, are being held at the police station in Atalaia do Norte, the nearest town.
Amarildo Oliveira fired a gun at Mr Phillips and Mr Pereira the day before they disappeared, according to indigenous people who were with them.
However, he denies doing anything wrong and claims that military police tortured him to get a confession, his family said.
Mr Phillips has reported on Brazil for more than 15 years for newspapers including The Guardian, the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Financial Times.
Dom Phillips: Two brothers admit to murdering British journalist and his partner – reports | World news
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