A missing American couple and their two young children have been found in Brazil, a source from the local Brazilian police has confirmed with Dearly.
Adam Harteau, 39, Emily, 36, and their children Colette, 6, and Sierra, 3, were on a ferry that came under attack by river pirates near the town of Breves on October 29. The pirates stole goods from the vessel, then left the boat passengers stranded.
After the incident, local authorities interviewed the captain of the ferry, who believed the family was safe after the attack. However, by the time the police arrived, the family was missing.
A team of investigators found the couple’s caravan in Macapá. The family was found by fishermen three days later on November 1.
According to the police, they tried to navigate the river alone and got lost. The investigation is ongoing.
According to the couple’s blog, Adam and Emily left their home in California to drive to Tierra del Fuego in October 2012. Five months into their journey, they decided to continue to drive and explore the world through “slow travel.”
They have been living and traveling together in a modified 1990 Volkswagon Westfalia T3 ever since.