Missing Brother Found, After 5 Years of Wandering

Amos Herrera
February 9, 2017

A Canadian man missing since 2012 has been discovered wandering through the Brazilian Amazon with nothing but the clothes on his back.

Anton Pilipa, left, with his brother.

Anton was robbed on several occasions along his journey through the US, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil.

He was arrested in 2011 for assault and weapons offences and was due to appear in court when he disappeared.

His brother flew to Brazil to bring him home.

"The timing is suspect", he admitted. But was he trying to avoid the charges?

'But in my heart of hearts I didn't think he could be. "He was restless. That is the major form of his mental illness". The "anti-poverty activist" also revealed that he lived off the generosity of strangers and learnt to pick fruits and berries.

Yet, while he met some "bad people" on his incredible 10,000 mile journey, he said he had "received more generosity, especially in recent times".

Stefan said Pilipa's health had deteriorated from his journey.

"I've never felt alone, ' he said".

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While walking 800km alone through the risky Amazon jungle, filled with poisonous spiders, snakes, caiman - which can grow up to 6m long - and jaguar, all his toenails dropped off. Anton is a different type from us Brazilians, he stands out. He still speaks nearly no Spanish or Portuguese.

He had no passport or identification, but with the help of several embassies and worldwide agencies she was able to track down his family.

Stefan said he was shocked by his brother's appearance after his many years on the road.

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He immediately jetted out to Brazil to find a way of getting his brother back, who by his own admission "looked really rough". He also mentioned that $2,000 was needed for hospital costs and consular fees. He was later released on bail.

According to his brother, he had set out to visit the National Library of Buenos Aires in Argentina but was turned away, since he did not have any identification.

He claims to have been turned away from the library because of his lack of identification, prompting his march into Brazil.

Brazilian police posted a picture of the highway where Pilipa was seen.


They had only been given the news after Anton's chance encounter with a Canadian-Brazilian police officer near Manaus. "I thought, if he says he's Canadian, I'm sure I can find his family", says the officer. Fortunately, he was found as he was walking towards the risky northern Brazilian state of Amazonas.

Anton's epic journey saw him travel at least 12,000 miles from Toronto to Manaus via Argentine capital Buenos Aires He is believed to embarked on the epic journey in a weird bid to reach the National Library in Argentine capital Buenos Aires. He hardly spoke to another human being for five years.

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