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Mexican forensic investigators are at a site in Baja California where three bodies have reportedly been found

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican forensic investigators were at a remote location in Baja California on Friday where three bodies were reportedly found, in the same area where two Australians and an American went missing last weekend.

A prosecutor’s office official, who was not authorized to be named, said Friday that examiners and emergency workers were trying to piece together evidence found at the scene. But the employee won’t say what that evidence is.

The campsite is located near the municipality of Santo Tomás, south of Ensenada. That is the area where three bodies were found, according to local media.

Mexican news sources and local Facebook group Talk Baja all quoted sources close to the investigation as saying the bodies were found relatively close to where the three foreigners went missing last weekend during what apparently was a surfing and camping trip.

The surfers’ tents and truck were found Thursday on a remote stretch of coastline nearby. Three men – identified by family members as brothers Jake and Callum Robinson from Australia and American Jack Carter Rhoad – went missing in the area on Saturday.

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 said Thursday they were questioning three people in the case.

María Elena Andrade Ramírez, the chief prosecutor, would not say whether the three people questioned were considered possible suspects or witnesses in the case. She only said that some were directly connected to the case, and others indirectly.

But Andrade Ramírez said evidence found with the abandoned tents was linked to the three. The three foreigners are said to have been surfing and camping along the Baja coast near the coastal town of Ensenada, but did not show up at their planned accommodation this weekend.

“A working team (of investigators) is at the site where they were last seen, where tents and other evidence have been found that could be linked to these three people we are investigating,” Andrade Ramírez said Thursday. “There is a lot of important information that we cannot make public.”

“We don’t know what condition they are in,” she said at the time. While drug cartels are active in the area, she said, “all lines of inquiry are open at this time. We can’t rule anything out until we find them.”

On Wednesday, the mother of the missing Australians, Debra Robinson, posted on a local community Facebook page to appeal for help finding her sons. Robinson said Callum and Jake had not been heard from since April 27. They had booked accommodation in the nearby town of Rosarito.

Robinson said one of her sons, Callum, had diabetes. She also said the American with them was named Jack Carter Rhoad, but the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City did not immediately confirm that. The US State Department said it was aware of reports of a US citizen missing in Baja, but did not provide further details.

Andrade Ramírez said her office was in contact with Australian and US officials. But she suggested the time that had passed could make it harder to find the missing trio.

“Unfortunately, they were only reported missing in recent days. So that meant that important hours or time were lost,” she said.

In 2015, two Australian surfersAdam Coleman and Dean Lucas were killed in the western state of Sinaloa, across the Gulf of California – also known as the Sea of ​​Cortez – from the Baja Peninsula. Authorities said they were victims of highway bandits. Three suspects have been arrested in that case.