Three bodies of missing foreigners found in Baja

AP – Mexican authorities said yesterday that three bodies have been recovered in an area of ​​Baja California near where two Australians and an American went missing last weekend during an apparent camping and surfing trip.

Prosecutors did not say whether the bodies were those of the three foreigners, but said the bodies were discovered during the search for the missing men. It also announced that three people questioned in the missing men case had been arrested and charged. “Three bodies were found south of the city of Ensenada, and they were recovered in cooperation with other authorities during a specialized operation because they were found in a difficult-to-reach area,” the agency said in a statement.

“This was done as part of the search for two Australians and one American who were reported missing,” the office said. The site where the bodies were discovered near the municipality of Santo Tomás was close to the remote coastal area where the missing men’s tents and truck were found on a remote stretch of coast on Thursday.

The men – identified by relatives as brothers Jake and Callum Robinson from Australia and American Jack Carter Rhoad – went missing last Saturday. They didn’t show up at their planned accommodation this weekend. The US State Department said: “We are aware of these (agency reports) and are closely monitoring the situation. We have no further comment at this time.”

Baja California prosecutors had said Thursday they were questioning three people in the case. On Friday, the office said the three had been arrested and charged with a crime equivalent to kidnapping. It was unclear whether more charges would be filed against them.

Mexican security forces search men at a checkpoint in Ensenada, Mexico. PHOTO: AP