Brazilian police: Missing British journalist in Amazon confirmed dead

Police in Brazil say a British journalist who went missing in the Amazon region has been confirmed dead.

Dom Phillips vanished on June 5 while doing research on indigenous people in a remote area of Amazonas State with a Brazilian expert.

Federal police said on Friday they had found human remains based on the confession of a local fisherman and another man, and they were identified as belonging to Phillips.

The police said the fisherman who had been arrested admitted to killing the journalist. His motives are not yet known.

Police and administrative authorities have little control over remote Amazon areas, where illegal logging and gold mining, drug trafficking and other crimes are widespread.

A number of activists who support indigenous people or nature conservation efforts have been killed in the region.

The United Nations is calling on the Brazilian government to crack down harder on such crimes in the Amazon.