Phillips’ family told CNN in an email that Fred Aruda, Brazil’s ambassador to London, wrote to them on Tuesday:
According to the family, Roberto Doring, deputy chief of mission at the Brazilian embassy in London, called them on Monday to say they had found the body.
In a statement, the family said: “We were told by telephone that two bodies had been found but (as it was still early in the morning in Brazil) no identification had been made.”
Brazilian federal police have repeatedly denied finding any bodies in the search for Phillips and Brazilian researcher Bruno Pereira, and on Monday evening said the day’s search was over “but nothing was found.”
“The information that is being released about the discovery of the bodies of Mr. Bruno Pereira and Mr. Dom Phillips is not accurate,” federal police said. “As previously revealed, biological materials were found and are being investigated, as well as the personal belongings of the missing persons. Anything found will be immediately reported to the family and the media.”
Indigenous organizations involved in the search have also said that the information about both the bodies was incorrect.
On Monday, Pereira’s wife, Beatriz Matos, said on Twitter that police had told her family “no one was found.”
“The ambassador needs to understand where this information came from,” Matos wrote.
On Tuesday, police arrested a second suspect in connection with the couple’s disappearance, according to a federal police release. The first suspect was arrested last week.
Another suspect, a 41-year-old man, is being questioned and will be sent to a municipal court for a custody hearing, police said. He also said he had seized some ammunition and a paddle, which would be analyzed.
Aruda said in an email to Philips’ family that officials close to the investigation had “misled” embassy staff.
“After reflection, it rained down from the multi-agency team, for which I sincerely apologize,” he said. “The search will continue, no effort will be spared. Our thoughts are with Dom, Bruno. ”
In a statement sent to CNN, the Brazilian Foreign Ministry confirmed the ambassador’s apology for providing “false information”.
Phillips and Pereira went missing on June 5 A trip to the Jawari ValleyAmazonas in the far western part of the state.
He was researching a book project on conservation efforts in the region, described by authorities as “complex” and “dangerous” and known as a port for illegal miners, loggers and international drug dealers.