‘High probability’ bodies found in Mexico are missing Australian brothers, officials say

The physical characteristics of three bodies found in the Mexican state of Baja California resemble those of two Australian brothers and their American friend who went missing during a surfing trip, local authorities said.
Forensic tests are being conducted after a days-long search for Callum, 33, and Jake Robinson, 30, as well as American Carter Rhoad, 30.
The trio was vacationing surfing near the popular tourist town of Ensenada, about 90 minutes south of the U.S.-Mexico border on the Pacific coast.

The bodies were found near the town of Santo Tomas, about 45 kilometers southeast of Ensenada, in a spot difficult to reach but popular with surfers.


Investigators continue to search for additional evidence in the area where bodies were found. Source: Delivered / Delivered

Public prosecutor Maria Elena Andrade said the bodies were in an ‘advanced state of decomposition’, which made identification difficult.

“But,” she added, “given their clothing and certain characteristics, such as long hair and specific physical descriptions, there is a good chance that the bodies are in fact those of the three missing men.
While another body was found at the location, investigators determined it had been there for some time and was not related to the latest disappearances.
Mexican authorities, conducted the investigation in collaboration with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Australian Consulate.
A burnt out white ute.

The White Ute was found burned out on a farm near where the brothers went missing. Source: MONKEY / Supplied image

Andrade said one line of inquiry is whether the deaths resulted from an attempt to steal their pickup. The vehicle, which was burned out, was found nearby.

What have the authorities said?

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials said it was clearly a distressing time for the family, but the agency was in constant contact.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong reiterated that the government is doing everything it can to support the family.

“I can indicate that our embassy in Mexico, as well as the Australian Federal Police, are working in support of local authorities, that my department is providing consular support to the families involved,” she told reporters on Saturday.

Health Minister Mark Butler said the ministry was trying to gather as much information as possible from Mexican authorities to inform the family.
“This is deeply disturbing for the Australian community, especially the family and friends of these two young Australians,” he told reporters on Saturday.
The brothers’ family are reportedly traveling from Perth to Mexico to be closer to the investigation, Nine Network reports.
The US State Department is also monitoring the investigation.
Both US and Australian authorities have urged people to exercise extreme caution when traveling to Baja California “due to the threat of violent crime”.

– With additional reporting from Reuters.