The Latest: Spokesman: US family missing in Brazil is found
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a family from California who went missing in Brazil after pirates attacked their boat (all times local):
A spokesman for the family of two Americans and their young daughters who went missing in Brazil after pirates attacked their boat says they’ve been found alive.
Colby Guillory of Los Angeles says the U.S. Embassy in Brazil told family members of Adam and Emily Harteau on Wednesday that a fisherman found the California couple and their 3- and 7-year-old daughters after they were in the jungle a few days.
Law enforcement officials in Brazil’s northern jungle state of Para reported shortly afterward that the family was safe. Spokesman Sergio Chene said that except for insect bites and scratches, the Harteaus were in good condition and would spend the night in a hospital.
Officials say the family had been missing since Sunday, when pirates assaulted their boat in the Amazon River delta area. There was no immediate information on how the family escaped.
State police in Brazil say a California couple and their two daughters who have been journeying through South America have been missing since Sunday, when river pirates assaulted the boat they were aboard in the Amazon River delta area.
The Para state Public Safety Department says a search is underway.
It said Wednesday that pirates forced the boat to dock and fled with stolen belongings. When police arrived the Americans were not on the boat.
Authorities identified the missing family as Adam Harris Harteau, 39; Emily Faith Harteau, 37; and their daughters aged 3 and 7.
The family had recently been living in the southern Brazil city of Florianopolis, officials said. They have been using a website to document their journey around South America.
The U.S. Embassy had no immediate comment.
This story has been corrected to show that the family’s name is Harteau and that authorities released statement Wednesday.