Three bodies found during search for American and Australian surfers who disappeared in Mexico: report

Three bodies have been discovered in a popular Mexican tourist area where an American and two Australians suddenly disappeared last week after apparently camping and surfing, the local prosecutor’s office said in a statement late Friday.

American Jack Carter Rhoad, 30, as well as Australian brothers Callum Robinson, 33, and Jake Robinson, 30, were last seen on April 27, the Baja California prosecutor’s office previously announced. They did not show up at their intended location last weekend.

Investigators discovered three bodies dumped in a well on Friday during their search for the trio, although officials have not confirmed whether the bodies are those of the missing men.

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Missing surfers and a burned out truck

Australian brothers Callum Robinson and Jake Robinson, top left, and US citizen Jack Carter Rhoad, right, missing in Mexico. (Reuters)

Forensic tests on the remains will be carried out by a state laboratory, which will allow positive identification of the bodies, the Public Prosecutor’s Office said in its statement.

Investigators continue to search the rugged area where the bodies were found for additional evidence, the statement said.

The bodies were found in a rugged hillside area in Baja California, near the popular tourist town of Ensenada, about 90 minutes south of the U.S.-Mexico border. Video from the scene shows rescuers installing ropes to enter the pit where the bodies were discovered. The area was cordoned off by the police, while a navy boat was also visible in the sea nearby.

The site where the bodies were discovered near the municipality of Santo Tomás was near the remote coastal area where the missing men’s tents and the burned-out Chevrolet Colorado pickup were found Thursday on a remote stretch of coast.

Rescue team workers search for missing tourists in Mexico

Members of a rescue team work at a site where three bodies were found in Baja California. The team is looking for an American and two Australian tourists who have been reported missing. (Reuters)

It is unclear what injuries the victims suffered and how they died.

“There is a lot of important information that we cannot make public,” said chief prosecutor María Elena Andrade Ramírez.

Baja California prosecutors said Friday that three people have been arrested and charged with a crime equivalent to kidnapping. It was unclear whether more charges would be filed against them.

Ensenada Mayor Carlos Ibarra Aguiar said in a news release that a 23-year-old woman was detained with drugs and a cellphone with a background photo of one of the missing men, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Officials did not specify how the three people were involved in the investigation, saying only that some were directly involved and others indirectly.

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Missing surfers in Mexico poster

A missing persons poster of the trio was distributed earlier this week. (Reuters)

Investigators said a missing persons report was filed 48 hours after the men were last seen, although the prosecutor’s office began an investigation as soon as social media posts began circulating.

María Elena Andrade Ramírez, the chief prosecutor, said that while drug cartels are active in the area, “all lines of investigation are open at the moment. We cannot rule anything out until we find them.”

The Baja California Attorney General’s Office has said it has been in contact with the FBI and relatives of the victims through consular agencies.

View of a hill area where rescuers search for missing tourists in Mexico

Members of a rescue team work at a site where three bodies were found in Baja California state, where an American and two Australian tourists were reported missing.

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On Wednesday, the mother of the missing Australians, Debra Robinson, posted on a local community Facebook page a plea for help finding her sons, noting that Callum has diabetes.

Australian media reports that Jake is a doctor, while Callum lives in San Diego and is a member of the Australian national lacrosse team.

The State Department’s travel advisory lists Baja California under the “reconsider travel” category due to crime and kidnapping.

In 2015, two Australian surfers, Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas, were killed in the western state of Sinaloa, across the Gulf of California – also known as the Sea of ​​Cortez – from the Baja Peninsula. Authorities say they were victims of highway bandits.