UPDATED: British journalist, indigenous expert found dead in Brazil

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SAO PAULO, June 13 (Reuters) – The bodies of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, who had been missing for more than a week in Brazil’s Amazon jungle, were found on Monday, news outlet G1 reported on Monday, quoting Phillips’ wife.

On Sunday, clothing belonging to Pereira had been found, including a health identification card in his name, and a backpack with clothes belonging to Phillips, along with the boots of both men.

Authorities have not yet confirmed the news that the bodies have been found, G1 said.

Witnesses have said they saw Pereira and Phillips, a freelance reporter who has written for the Guardian and the Washington Post, traveling down that river on Sunday 5 June.

The two men were on a reporting trip in the remote jungle area near the border with Peru and Colombia that is home to the world’s largest number of uncontacted indigenous people. The wild and lawless region has lured cocaine-smuggling gangs, along with illegal loggers, miners and hunters.

Relatives and close friends of Dom Philips and Bruno Araújo participate in a protest against their disappearances, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, . Dozens of people, including family, friends and supporters of the situation, gathered at the iconic Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro to ask the authorities to intensify the searches for British journalist Dom Phillips, a contributor to The Guardian newspaper, and the Brazilian indigenist Bruno Araujo Pereira, who have been missing since 05 June in the Valle do Javari, a remote and jungle region in the Brazilian Amazon near the borders with Peru and Colombia, where they were conducting an investigation into threats against natives. EPA-EFE/AANTONIO LACERDA

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