Bodies found in Mexico where Australian and American tourists are missing, sources say

A surfer enters the sea during the Mexican Surf Open Baja California 2023 in Rosarito, Baja California State, Mexico, on September 17, 2023. (Photo by Guillermo Arias / AFP)

File photo: A surfer goes out to sea in Rosarito, Baja California state, Mexico.
Photo: Guillermo Arias / AFP

Mexican authorities have located three bodies in Baja California state where two Australians and an American were reported missing, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Australian brothers Callum, 33, and Jake Robinson, 30, and American Jack Carter Rhoad, 30, were last seen on April 27, according to the Baja California prosecutor’s office.

The three were vacationing surfing in the community of Ensenada, about an hour and a half south of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The Public Prosecution Service did not immediately respond to a request for updated information about the case on Friday.

Public Prosecutor Socorro Ibarra said Thursday that three people were being investigated in connection with the case, although it was unclear whether they were involved in the men’s disappearance.

Tents were found in the area where the missing men were last seen, Ibarra said, adding that they were formally reported missing days after their actual disappearance.

A burned-out white pickup truck was also found in the area, authorities said.

Baja California is one of Mexico’s most violent states, although tourist areas such as Ensenada are considered safer. The U.S. Department of State is advising Americans to reconsider travel to the state due to crime and kidnapping.

The US Embassy in Mexico and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

– Reuters