Bodies of missing American and Australian surfers believed to be found in Mexico, three suspects in custody

An American and two Australian surfers have gone missing in Mexico and investigators believe they have been murdered. Authorities in Mexico say four bodies have been discovered in a well. Three suspects are in custody in connection with the surfers’ disappearance.

The Baja California Attorney General’s Office confirmed Friday that four bodies were found in a well near a surf spot known as La Bocana, about 130 miles (210 kilometers) south of San Diego, California. It took rescuers 20 hours to extract the bodies from the pit, which was reportedly 50 feet deep.

Citing a source within the attorney general’s office, KUSI-TV reported that three of the bodies were the missing surfers. The news station reported that the fourth body was a ranch owner who was reported missing two weeks ago. The rancher is said to own the property where the bodies were located.

Zeta Tijuana reported that police officers located the surfers’ campsite, where there were “blood and tooth fragments.”

Authorities assume the surfers were killed in a robbery.

“While trying to obtain the vehicle, the victims resisted the robbery, the robbers were armed with a firearm and apparently shot the victims,” Maria Elena Andrade Ramirez, attorney general of the state of Baja California, told 7News.

Shell casings were found at the campsite where the three were last seen.

The missing surfers believed dead are a San Diego man named 30-year-old Jack Carter Rhoad and Australian brothers 30-year-old Jake Robinson and 33-year-old Callum Robinson, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

The American and Australian nationals went missing earlier this week during a surfing trip south of Ensenada, Mexico.

Family members last heard from men last Saturday. However, they didn’t notify authorities until a few days later when the surfers didn’t show up at an Airbnb near K38 – a popular surfing spot in Baja.

On Wednesday, a white Chevrolet Colorado pickup belonging to the San Diego man was located and set on fire.

Three suspects were arrested in two different police operations on Wednesday.

The New York Post reported that police arrested Jesús Gerardo Garica Cota, alias El Kekas, and his partner Ari Gisel García Cota. Cristian Alejandro García, Kekas’ brother, was also taken into custody.

Cota – a 23-year-old Mexican woman – is said to have had a surfer’s mobile phone in her possession at the time of the arrest.

According to Baja California Chief Prosecutor Maria Elena Andrade Ramirez, all three suspects were in possession of an assortment of methamphetamines and other illegal drugs at the time of their arrest.

The Baja California law firm said Mexican authorities were in close communication with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Consulate and the Australian Consulate.

Baja California is known as one of Mexico’s most violent, cartel-controlled states.

Callum Robinson shared photos from the trio’s surfing holiday on his Instagram account.

Robinson was an accomplished lacrosse player known as “The Big Koala”.

Stevenson University paid tribute to the former student-athlete and alumni.

“Our prayers and thoughts now go out to Callum’s parents, Martin and Debra Robinson, who lost their two sons; the family of their friend Jack Carter Rhoad; and the many loved ones and friends that all these young men had,” the university said. a statement on Saturday morning.

“He was a great student, a great athlete and an even better friend. We look forward to a time when we can all come together as a community to honor and celebrate his life,” said Director of Athletics Brett Adams.

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