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Bodies found during search for missing surfers in Mexico

REUTERS/JORGE DUENES Mexican law enforcement officers walk along the beach after the disappearance of two Australian tourists and an American tourist in Baja California, Rosarito, Mexico, on Thursday.

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Mexican law enforcement officers walk along the beach after the disappearance of two Australian tourists and an American tourist in Baja California, Rosarito, Mexico, Thursday.

MEXICO CITY >> Mexican authorities have located three bodies in Baja California state where one American and two Australian tourists were reported missing, according to three sources with knowledge of the investigation.

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

The three men were vacationing surfing in the community of Ensenada, about 90 minutes south of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Baja California prosecutors did not immediately respond Friday to a request for updated information on the case.

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.

Asked about the discovery of the bodies, a Foreign Office spokesperson said: “We are aware of these reports and are closely monitoring the situation.”

An Australian Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said their embassy in Mexico is working closely with Mexican authorities and the Australian Federal Police.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recognizes that this is a deeply distressing time for the family and is in regular contact with them to provide support,” she added.