Woman Murdered While Kayaking Amazon River Days After Posting Chilling Tweet: 'Turned Corner And Found 50 Guys'

Three suspects are in custody and authorities are searching for four more.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A British adventurer was murdered while trying to kayak the entire Amazon River.

According to CBS News, 43-year-old former principal Emma Kelty was last heard from on September 13 when she sent a creepy tweet about her fear of being robbed or killed in a remote part of northern Brazil.

"Turned corner and found 50 guys in motor boats with arrows!!! My face mist hve been a picture!! (Town was uber quiet... too quiet!!) all go…" she shared.

That was her last tweet.

Brazil's navy said in a statement on Saturday that Kelty was between the cities of Codajas and Coari when she activated an emergency beacon. That area is apparently known for pirates and drug traffickers.

Her kayak and personal belongings have been recovered from the scene. Apparently, the robbers tried to sell two of the explorer's cell phones, a GoPro camera and a tablet. Three suspects are in custody and authorities are searching for four more.

As The Guardian shares, a 17-year-old suspect shared his account of the incident. He claims Kelty camped on Boieiro island, facing the town of Lauro Sodré, when two people approached her. Five more arrived and they stole her belongings. She was shot twice with a 20-gauge shotgun and then dumped in the river. 

Kelty was 42 days into her 4,000-mile trek. She was going from the Amazon river's source to the Atlantic Ocean. 

This is not her first exploration. As her brothers and sister said in the statement per the British government, she had "challenged herself, latterly through her adventures on the Pacific Coast Trail, as well as in the South Pole and Amazon River."

They added, "In a world that is today a much smaller place, the explorer in our sister found herself seeking ways to prove that challenges were achievable."

[Photo: Twitter]

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