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British woman found after five days ‘meditating’ in remote Brazilian forest

Katherine Brewster disappeared on Sunday but her family said on Friday she had called home after days in the wilderness.

A British woman who was reported missing in a remote part of Brazil has been found safe and well.

Katherine Brewster, 27, staying in the village of Dom Jose in the southern area of Alpestre when she went missing last Sunday.

According to local reports Ms Brewster, originally from Sussex, went for a walk in a remote wooded area to meditate and never returned.

However, her family said on Friday she had called home after days in the wilderness.

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Her mother, Dr Diane Brewster, told the BBC her daughter had wanted “time alone” in the rural forested area.

Reports had suggested she may have been staying at UniPermacultura Dom Jose, a permaculture commune popular with backpackers, but staff said she was never a guest.

Instead she had been staying with a couple in a nearby village.

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UniPermacultura posted pictures of Miss Brewster on Facebook on Sunday, writing: “Katharine went out to make a trail alone, on a rainy day without telling the couple who hosted her on Sunday and disappeared.

“We organised searches with the local neighbours and this morning Clair Jappa found her, following clues.

“She was hurt, and she couldn’t walk, and she had to be loaded on her back.”

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