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Three bodies found in search for missing Australian surfers Callum and Jake Robinson and their American friend Jack Carter Rhoad in Mexico

By Will Potter and Germania Rodriguez Poleo and Adriano Torres For Dailymail.com

19:54 03 May 2024, updated 22:49 03 May 2024



Mexican authorities have located three bodies in an area of ​​northern Mexico where two Australians and one American were reported missing, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Australian brothers Callum and Jake Robinson and American Jack Carter Rhoad were last seen on April 27 in the Mexican province of Baja California, prosecutors said.

The three were on a surfing holiday in the municipality of Ensenada, about an hour and a half south of the US-Mexico border, when they vanished.

Before the discovery of the bodies, local police had suspected foul play as their burned-out car was found as well as an abandoned campsite with traces of blood.

It comes after the three young men shared eerie final social media posts from their trip, where they were seen having the time of their lives on the beach.

Australian brothers Jake, 30, (right) and Callum Robinson, 33, (left) vanished without a trace in the Baja California region in Mexico. Their bodies were found on Friday
The brothers were traveling with 30-year-old American Jack Carter Rhoad (pictured here in an image uploaded by Callum last Saturday, shortly before the trio went missing)

Baja California, where the men shared their vacation snaps, is known as one of Mexico’s most violent, cartel-controlled states.

Local police have arrested three people in connection with their disappearance, including a 23-year-old Mexican woman who was reportedly discovered in possession of a mobile phone belonging to one of the brothers, along with methamphetamine.

Two men, also Mexican, were also arrested as part of the investigation, said Baja California’s chief public prosecutor Maria Elena Andrade Ramirez.

It comes after the three young men shared eerie final social media posts from their trip , where they were seen having the time of their lives on the beach
Police believe the trio’s vehicle was later found burned out in the Santo Tomás area
A woman and two men, all Mexican, have been arrested in connection to the case, Baja California Attorney General María Elena Andrade Ramírez (center) told reporters
Mexican officials are seen in a checkpoint in Ensenada on Thursday

Ramirez has not said if the arrested parties were believed to be involved in the men’s disappearance, and stated before the bodies were found that ‘all lines of investigation are open’.

In social media posts shared by Callum just before they vanished, the trio was seen relaxing at Rosarito Beach, where they were said to be surfing and camping as they moved up and down Mexico’s west coast.

They supposedly planned to move on to Ensenada, about 50 miles (80km) down the coast, but concerns were raised when they failed to check into an Airbnb on Sunday.

The last image posted to Callum’s Instagram showed the group had made it to San Miguel beach in Ensenada before vanishing without a trace.

One chilling picture showed their white Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck at a beach in Rosarito, which police believed was the same vehicle later discovered burned out.

‘… and it begins,’ Callum had captioned an image of the ute at the beach, alongside an emoji of the Mexican flag, at the start of the trio’s doomed trip.

The Robinson brothers had attended the Coachella music festival before going to Mexico to surf. Callum was based in the US and Jake, who worked in regional hospitals across Australia, had flown out two weeks ago to visit him.

One chilling picture shows a white Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck at the beach in Rosarito
The men are understood to have gone missing from the Baja California region near Ensenada
Callum documented the trip on Instagram
His social media went silent a week ago
The Robinson brothers attended the Coachella music festival before going to Mexico to surf. Callum was based in the US and Jake, who worked in regional hospitals across Australia, had flown out two weeks ago to visit him

Police also say they found three abandoned tents south of Ensenada, with local media reporting that blood was found on them.

The trio had been actively sharing images of their trip right up until they failed to show up at their Airbnb.

It is understood police were able to make the arrests after one of the brothers’ mobile phones was turned back on, and pinged a local mobile tower.

‘A working team (of investigators) is at the site where they were last seen, where tents and other evidence was found that could be linked to these three people we have under investigation,’ prosecutor Andrade Ramírez said in a statement before the bodies were found.

Ramírez said her office was in contact with Australian and US officials but suggested it would be difficult to find the men given the time that had already passed.

‘Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the last few days that they were reported missing. So that meant that important hours or time was lost,’ she said.

Baja California has been plagued by cartel violence in recent months.

In 2015, two Australian surfers, Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas, were killed in western Sinaloa state, across the Gulf of California — also known as the Sea of ​​Cortez — from the Baja peninsula.

Authorities say they were victims of highway bandits. Three suspects were arrested in that case.

Debra Robinson appealed for help from the public in the search for her sons on Thursday, the day before three bodies feared to belong to the men were found

The mother of the Robinson brothers, Debra Robinson, spoke of her anguish after her sons vanished, as she appealed for help before their bodies were found.

She stressed Callum was a diabetic as she asked anyone with information to come forward.

Debra wrote on social media: ‘Australian friends Jake and Callum Robinson have gone missing around Rosarito/Ensenada region of Baja California Norte Saturday morning.

‘They were likely surfing. Callum is diabetic—this is a very dire situation.’