ATALAIA DO NORTE, Brazil (Reuters) – Brazilian investigators are skeptical that remains found in a river could be from a British journalist who went missing in the Amazon rainforest on Sunday, two police officers involved in the case told Reuters.
On Friday, federal police had announced finding “organic material” that was “apparently human,” raising expectations of a breakthrough in the search for reporter Dom Phillips and his travel companion, indigenous expert Bruno Pereira.
However, a federal police officer and a state detective, both of whom requested anonymity to discuss the case, said the material’s location and condition raised doubts about whether it could be connected to the missing men.
A federal police spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The remains were found near the port of Atalaia do Norte, a town more than 40 miles (65 km) downstream from where Phillips and Pereira were last seen on a slow-moving river, the sources said. The material’s condition suggested it could have been scraps from a nearby butcher rather than remains carried far downstream, they added.
One of the sources said it seemed likely the material was from an animal and not human, but that it had been sent for forensic analysis out of an abundance of caution. The other said the origin would only be clear after that analysis.
Witnesses said they last saw Phillips, a freelance reporter who has written for the Guardian and the Washington Post, last Sunday. His companion Pereira, an expert on local tribes, had been a senior official with government indigenous agency Funai.
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.
The pair’s disappearance has echoed globally, with Brazilian icons from soccer great Pele to singer Caetano Veloso joining politicians, environmentalists and human rights activists in urging President Jair Bolsonaro to step up the search for them.
State police detectives involved in the investigation have told Reuters they are focusing on poachers and illegal fisherman in the area, who clashed often with Pereira as he organized indigenous patrols of the local reservation.
Police have arrested one fisherman, Amarildo da Costa, known locally as “Pelado,” on a weapons charge and are keeping him in custody as they investigate whether he is involved in the men’s disappearance
Costa’s lawyers and family have said he fished legally on the river and denied he had any role in the men’s disappearance.
Some 150 soldiers had been deployed via riverboats to hunt for the missing men and interview locals, joining indigenous search teams who have been looking for the pair since Sunday.
(Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Brad Haynes and Jonathan Oatis)
Ireland Baldwin Revealed Her Abortion Experience In A TikTok Where She Also Talked About Being Raped As A Teenager
“It’s your life, it’s your choice.” This story contains discussions of rape and sexual assault. Ireland Baldwin is opening up about her past to help others. Axelle / FilmMagic / Bauer-Griffin / Getty Images In a TikTok captioned “I’m here for you,” the model and actor revealed that she was raped as a teenager, and…
“It’s your life, it’s your choice.”
This story contains discussions of rape and sexual assault.
Ireland Baldwin is opening up about her past to help others.
In a TikTok captioned “I’m here for you,” the model and actor revealed that she was raped as a teenager, and that she also had an abortion later on in her life.
“I’m not here to tell this story today,” she said, “but I was raped when I was a teenager, and I was completely unconscious when it happened, and it changed the course of the rest of my life.”
Ireland says she didn’t tell anyone about the incident “for years” except a nurse who treated her after it occurred, and that being raped continued to affect her life for years afterwards.
“Seeing so many other brave women share their stories, got me thinking what my life would have been like if I had become pregnant,” Ireland explained, “and if I had to raise a baby during everything I was going through at the time.”
“Mind you, I have medical resources, money, and support that a lot of women do not have access to. It would have simply been traumatizing and impossible.”
Ireland also shared that, later in her life, she did become pregnant and chose to get an abortion.
“At that point in time, I would say we were very unhappy together,” Ireland said about the relationship she was in when she got pregnant. “And he made it clear that he never wanted kids or marriage. He barely wanted to be in a serious relationship.”
“I chose to get an abortion because I know exactly what it felt like to be born between two people who hated each other.”
“Could I have had that baby and put that baby up for adoption? Maybe. Maybe not. But choosing to raise a baby without my own financial security, without a loving and supportive partner, that wasn’t gonna work for me.”
“I chose me, and I would choose me again. It’s your life, it’s your choice.”
You can watch Ireland’s TikTok here.
You can learn more about how to still access abortion in the US here.
Editor’s Note: BuzzFeed supports a person’s right to an abortion. If you, like us, feel impassioned about abortion rights, learn more or find a local fund to donate to here.
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE, which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search for your local center here.
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Kanye West Joked About His Divorce From Kim Kardashian During A Surprise BET Awards Appearance And Said He Wanted To Declare Himself “Legally Dead” Following Their Messy Feud
The rapper took to the stage to honor Sean “Diddy” Combs at the BET Awards on Sunday, making reference to Kim for the first time since their public dispute earlier this year.Posted 13 minutes ago Kanye West looks to be making a return to the public eye. Kevin Mazur / Getty Images for Sean Combs…
The rapper took to the stage to honor Sean “Diddy” Combs at the BET Awards on Sunday, making reference to Kim for the first time since their public dispute earlier this year.
Kanye West looks to be making a return to the public eye.
If you’re a fan of Ye’s, you’ll know that he recently took a step back from the limelight after his split from Kim Kardashian hit a major rough patch.
After filing for divorce fairly amicably back in February 2021, Kim and Ye’s breakup took a messy turn in November, around the time that things started getting serious between Kim and her current boyfriend, Pete Davidson.
Of course, in light of Kim’s budding romance with Pete, this made for quite the awkward situation, and as a result, Ye wound up taking his frustrations to social media.
Starting in February and posting regularly until mid-March, Ye harassed Kim and Pete on Instagram, sharing their private messages and even encouraging his fans to yell at them in public.
Ye’s constant posts sparked major concern among his followers, with many accusing the rapper of exhibiting abusive behavior toward Kim and Pete. And in March, his Instagram account was suspended for 24 hours after he violated the platform’s harassment policies.
Flash forward to today, and Ye is yet to make a full return to the public eye, having only been spotted on the occasional public outing.
Interestingly, reports in the aftermath of their feud claimed that the Yeezy founder was actively seeking “behavioral” treatment, in order “to be a better human and a better dad.”
Taking to the stage to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to his longtime friend Sean “Diddy” Combs, the Donda rapper — whose face was completely covered by a black mask, hat, and sunglasses — was met with loud applause from the crowd.
“How do we crown our kings? How do we appreciate our kings?” his speech began, before going on to praise Diddy’s work in the music industry.
“To see Puff in real life at the ‘Missing You’ video, just like me tapping free like a little kid — I just need to meet this man. This is my favorite artist,” he said, sounding noticeably upbeat.
“You see I’m saying ‘favorite artist,’” he clarified. “Everything — not specifically production, the drip. Back then there was so many rules to hip-hop, and he broke all of them.”
Reflecting on what he learned from Diddy in his own career, Ye even made reference to his failed marriage to Kim, sparking mixed reactions from the crowd.
“He inspired so many of my choices. So many of my life choices. My wife choices,” he said as the audience erupted into noise.
“And here we are,” he added with a laugh. “Thanks for that, Puff.”
What’s more, Ye also appeared to corroborate reports that he wanted to take “a year off” in the wake of his public feud with Kim, confirming in his speech that he recently took “a little hiatus.”
“I said, ‘I want to just declare myself legally dead for a year,’” he told the audience, seemingly referring to his absence since being banned from Instagram. “Nobody messin’ me. You know, I just want to be off the grid.”
But, despite his hopes of keeping a low profile, Ye seemed to suggest that the opportunity to honor Diddy was reason enough to return to the public eye.
“Puff is pretty persistent,” he explained. “Any of us in this room, if Puff ever need us, we need to jump and be there. This man has been through and survived a lot of stuff. Broke down a lot of doors so we could be standing. I know for me, that I could be here today.”
He finished the emotional speech by telling Diddy in the audience: “If I never told you, I love you. You’re my brother.”
So, in light of his absence from the spotlight, fans were certainly glad to see Ye sounding so positive, with this marking his first awards show appearance since he pulled out of Coachella in April and had his Grammys performance scrapped in the same month due to “concerning online behavior.”
The speech is also the first time that Ye has made reference to Kim since they came to blows on Instagram, and coincides with reports that the exes are currently working on rebuilding their relationship as co-parents.
In fact, just over a week ago, Kim gave her ex a rare shoutout too, praising him for being the “best dad” to their four kids in a sweet Father’s Day tribute.
Well, if Ye’s joke about their failed marriage is any indication, it seems like things might finally be looking a little more friendly between Kimye as they navigate the final stages of their split.
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