SAO PAULO — Brazilian police said Tuesday that a 43-year-old British woman who went missing while kayaking in the Amazon was murdered and three people were in custody.

The head of the Amazonas state police homicide division told The Associated Press that Emma Tamsin Kelty was killed after being robbed. He said three suspects, including a teenager, were in custody.

Ivo Martins said Kelty’s body was yet to be found, but that the teenager confessed to taking part in the slaying and said he was with six others at the time. Martins said the teen said the woman was shot and thrown in the Solimoes River. Martins said authorities were working to identify other suspects.

Kelty was kayaking in the northern jungle state when she disappeared. Brazil’s navy said in a statement issued Saturday that Kelty was between the Brazilian cities of Codajas and Coari when she activated an emergency beacon on Sept. 13. The navy also said her kayak and some personal belongings had been recovered.

Kelty’s website and social media channels say she was born in London. According to social media posts, she was traveling along the Solimoes River en route to the Atlantic Ocean.

In a tweet on Sept. 10, she appeared to be downplaying apparent advice not to travel alone.

“So in or near coari (100km away) i will have my boat stolen and i will be killed too. Nice,” she tweeted, along with smiley faces.

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