Australian brothers in Mexico likely shot in robbery gone wrong, authorities say

Two Perth brothers, Callum and Jake Robinson, reported missing in Mexico, were likely shot during a robbery gone wrong, Mexican authorities said.

Bodies believed to be theirs were found in a well on a cliff top in the Baja Peninsula, on Mexico’s west coast, on Saturday.

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Police believe the two brothers were with another friend when a group of people tried to steal their van, the attorney general of Baja California said.

7NEWS understands the trio may have been shot while trying to oppose the robbery.

One man has been charged with a crime equivalent to kidnapping and has been taken to a prison in Ensenada, and two others are being questioned by police, authorities said.

Bodies believed to be the Australian brothers were located, along with another body which is believed to be the other man they were traveling with.

Forensic tests will be undertaken by the local laboratory to identify if the bodies are missing Perth siblings Callum and Jake Robinson, the Baja California prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

“All three bodies meet the characteristics to assume with a high degree of probability that they are the American Carter Rhoad as well as the Robinson brothers from Australia,” Baja California’s state Attorney-General Maria Elena Andrade said on Saturday.

She said while the three bodies were found in an advanced state of decomposition at the bottom of a well more than 15m deep, “some physical descriptions give us that high probability”.

A fourth body was discovered in the well, although that corpse had been there for longer and is not believed to be linked to this case, Andrade said.

Investigators continue to search the rugged area for additional evidence, officials said.

Investigators have also found a burned-out white ute believed to be the vehicle the men were traveling in when they disappeared.
Investigators have also found a burned-out white ute believed to be the vehicle the men were traveling in when they disappeared. Credit: CNN/7NEWS

Local news site Zeta reported bodies were found inside a well in the La Bocana area on Saturday, near where the men were believed to have been camping after abandoned tents were located on Friday.

Firefighters have reportedly worked for hours to free the bodies from the well.

Zeta also reported a fourth highly decomposed body found in the well was believed to be that of the owner of the property where the well is situated, who has been missing for several weeks.

The Robinson brothers, both in their 30s, were traveling in the region on a surfing holiday when they failed to check into pre-arranged accommodation near the city of Ensenada.

Their mother Debra Robinson appealed for help to find her two sons and a US friend they were traveling with, saying she had not heard from them since Saturday.

“Callum is a type one diabetic so there is also a medical concern,” she wrote on Mexican social media.

Investigators have found a burned-out white ute believed to be the vehicle the men were traveling in when they disappeared.

Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it was obviously a distressing time for the family but the agency was in constant contact.

Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong reiterated that the government was doing everything it could 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 concerned,” she told reporters on Saturday.

Health Minister Mark Butler said the department was trying to glean as much information as possible from Mexican authorities to inform the family.

“This is deeply distressing to the Australian community, particularly the family and friends of these two young Australians” he told reporters on Saturday.

The US State Department is also monitoring the investigation.

Both US and Australian authorities have advised people to exercise a high degree of caution when traveling to Baja California “due to the threat of violent crime”.

– With Reuters, AAP, 7NEWS