The boat used by murdered British journalist Dom Phillips and Brazilian indigenous expert Bruno Pereira to travel through the Amazon rainforest has been found, police said as they continue to investigate the double murder.

The speedboat was submerged about 20 meters (65ft) deep below the Itacoai River in northern Brazil, weighed down by six sandbags.

Authorities said they were led to the site of the sunken ship by the latest murder suspect, Jeferson da Silva Lima, or “Pelado da Dinha”, who turned himself in to police on Saturday.

The latest find comes as police announced five new suspects they believe they helped hide the couple’s bodies after they died.

Police did not name the new suspects, adding in a brief statement that ongoing investigations aim to “clarify all the circumstances, motives and people involved in the case.”

The couple vanished in one of the most remote corners of the rainforest just days after Mr Pereira received threats from local loggers and miners.

The two men were in the community of Sao Rafael and were returning by boat to the nearby town of Atalaia do Norte when they disappeared.

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Amarildo da Costa de Oliveira, suspect in the Amazon murders case, seen on a boat in 2021
Police officers escort Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, who is accused of being involved in the disappearance of British journalist Dom Phillips and indigenous expert Bruno Pereira, who disappeared while reporting in a remote and lawless part of the Amazon rainforest, near the border with Peru, in Atalaia do Norte, Amazonas state, Brazil, June 15, 2022. REUTERS/Bruno Kelly
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Police officers escort Oseney da Costa de Oliveira, accused of involvement

Their the bodies were found 10 days laterwith an autopsy suggesting they were killed by a “firearm with typical hunting ammunition”.

Three men have already been arrested.

Bruno Pereira disappeared in the Amazon with Dom Phillips on June 5, 2022. Photo: BAND TV
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Bruno Pereira disappeared in the Amazon with Dom Phillips on June 5. Photo: BAND TV

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Mr. Phillips has reported on Brazil for more than 15 years for newspapers such as The Guardian, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Financial Times.

He had been looking for a book about the Amazon and its conservationists.

The wild and lawless region has attracted cocaine smuggling gangs, as well as loggers, miners and illegal hunters.