Four bodies found during search for missing Australian surfers Jake and Callum Robinson and their American friend Jack Carter after they disappeared in Mexico

Mexican officials have located four bodies at a ranch in northern Mexico where two Australians and an American went missing. Three of the bodies have not yet been identified, but local news source Zeta reported that the fourth body has been confirmed as the ranch owner, who had been missing for several weeks.

Three sources close to the investigation confirmed the discovery to Reuters on Friday, a week after Jack Carter Rhoad, 30, and brothers Callum, 33, and Jake Robinson, 30, were last sighted in Baja California province. The trio was enjoying a surfing vacation in Ensenada, about an hour and a half south of the U.S.-Mexico border, when they disappeared.

Grim discovery, suspicious game

Jake and Callum Robinson
Australian surfers Jake and Callum Robinson went missing a week ago

The remains were found at a depth of more than 15 meters (49 feet), located next to a cliff at Punta San José in Santo Tomás, in the municipality of Ensenada, near a remote surfing area known as Lighthouse, according to the San Diego Union- Stand. .

Before the bodies were discovered, local police suspected foul play, as the trio’s burnt-out car was found, as well as an abandoned campsite with traces of blood and what were described as “tooth parts,” according to reports from Zeta.

Jack Carter
Jack Carter

Australia’s 7News also reported the discovery of a tooth.

Mexican police are investigating three people in connection with the men’s disappearance, but have not specified whether they are considered suspects.

However, according to the San Diego Tribune, one of them, a 23-year-old woman, was arrested with drugs and a cell phone with a background photo of one of the missing men.

“A working team (of investigators) is at the site where they were last seen, where tents and other evidence have been found that could be linked to these three people we are investigating,” Baja California Chief Prosecutor María said Elena Andrade Ramirez.

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The vehicle used by Jake, Callum Robinson and Jack Carter was found burned on a cliff

“There is a lot of important information that we cannot make public.”

“We don’t know what condition they are in,” she added.

Although drug cartels are present in the region, authorities say they are pursuing all possible leads. They said, “We can’t rule anything out until we find them.”

Prosecutors declined to confirm the discovery of bodies or their identities, saying they were “aware of those reports and are closely monitoring the situation.”

Suspicion is growing

Ramírez said the friends had been missing for several days before they were reported missing, complicating the investigation process.

Jake and Callum Robinson
Jake and Callum Robinson with their parents

Just hours before the remains were found, Australian media revealed that Callum and Jake’s parents flew to Mexico to search for their missing sons. It remains unclear whether they boarded a flight before police announced the discovery of the bodies.

This comes after the trio posted a spooky finale to their trip on social media, seemingly enjoying themselves on the beach, adding further edge to the situation.

The men wore wetsuits, drank beer and enjoyed local cuisine at Rosarito Beach, where they surfed and camped before moving about 50 miles south to the port city of Ensenada.

One specific snapshot shows a white pickup that sources speculate is the same vehicle found burned at the abandoned campsite.

Jake and Callum Robinson
The creepy last post Jake and Callum Robinson made with Jack Carter before disappearing

Callum shared a final photo of the group on San Miguel beach in Ensenada, but never made it to the Airbnb they booked for Saturday.

“…and it begins,” Callum captioned the post, accompanied by an emoji of the Mexican flag and a surfer.

Although Baja California is known as one of the most violent states in Mexico, tourist destinations such as Ensenada are generally considered safer areas.