LONDON — The family of a British woman murdered while attempting to kayak the length of the Amazon on her own have paid tribute to the former school principal.

The siblings of Emma Kelty, in a statement released by the U.K. Foreign Office, describe the family’s pride in their “active and determined sister.”

The 43-year-old Londoner was last heard from on Sept. 13, after she posted comments on social media sharing her fear of being robbed or murdered in a remote jungle area of northern Brazil that is used by drug traffickers.

Brazil’s navy said in a statement issued Saturday that Kelty was between the cities of Codajas and Coari when she activated an emergency beacon. Her kayak and some personal belongings have been recovered.

Three people are in custody.

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