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Bodies found in Mexico, near where brothers went missing: here’s what we know

Three bodies have reportedly been found in northern Mexico, in the area where two Australian brothers and their American friend are missing.
The bodies were found Friday near the Pacific coast, an Ensenada government official told the ABC.
Reuters has reported a similar find, citing three unnamed sources.
The bodies have not yet been identified.
Brothers Callum and Jake Robinson from Perth, both in their 30s, were surfing and camping near Ensenada, about 90 minutes south of the US-Mexico border, when they disappeared.
They were due to travel north to Rosarito earlier this week, but alarms were raised when they failed to check into their accommodation on Monday.
Their mother Debra said she had not heard from them since last Saturday and expressed concern for Callum’s health as he suffers from type 1 diabetes.

The Robinson brothers were traveling with an American friend, Carter Rhoad, who is also missing.

Two men with brown hair pose for a photo with a brown dog.

Three people have been arrested by Mexican authorities in connection with the disappearance of Callum (left) and Jake Robinson (right). Source: Instagram

What evidence has been found in Mexico?

Mexican authorities recovered the men’s white Chevrolet pickup truck, burned out, at an area farm.
After their abandoned tents were found, Baja California’s chief prosecutor, María Elena Andrade Ramírez, confirmed that three people had been taken into custody in connection with the men’s disappearance.
This included a 23-year-old woman who was found in possession of a phone belonging to one of the Australian brothers.
All three people are said to have had drugs with them during their arrest.

The area where the men disappeared is known as a hotspot for cartel violence, but Andrade Ramirez said at this time they had found no links to organized crime.

A red missing persons poster showing photographs of three people and information about their appearance and last known whereabouts

A missing persons poster is being distributed by the brothers’ friends and family in the hope that it can help locate them. Source: Delivered

What have the authorities said?

A Foreign Office spokesperson said they were aware that bodies had been found and were “monitoring the situation closely.”
Andrade Ramírez has previously expressed concern that “very important hours have been lost” in the investigation, with the men only reported missing a few days ago.
“We have a significant amount of evidence and are conducting an extensive investigation,” she told ABC local time on Friday.

“However, we found no clues that could indicate their continued existence.”

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Mexican authorities are working closely with the Australian Embassy and the Australian Federal Police to locate the men.
“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,” a DFAT spokesperson said.

DFAT has urged people to exercise extreme caution when traveling to Baja California “due to the threat of violent crime.”

A group of four people pose for a photo with a brown dog at their feet.  Two of them are young men with brown hair, one is an older man who is bald, and the fourth is an older woman with blonde hair.

Parents Martin and Debra had been in regular contact with their boys, Jake (left) and Callum Robinson (right), during their trip. Credit: Instagram

Parents ‘heartbroken’ as they travel to Mexico

Parents Martin and Debra Robinson have praised their “beautiful” sons and thanked authorities for their continued work to “find the answers we so desperately need.”
In a letter sent to media on Friday, they said they were “en route to the US/Mexico to be as close as possible to the area where they were last seen.”
“Callum and Jake are wonderful people. We love them so much and this breaks our hearts,” they said in the statement.
Callum, a professional lacrosse player, lived in the US to play the sport. Jake had been visiting his brother for the trip of a lifetime before taking up a new doctor’s position in a Victorian hospital.
“Surfing is a passion they both share,” they said. “Our only consolation right now is that they were doing something together that they loved passionately.”

“We ask that people keep them in their thoughts and prayers and continue to respect our privacy during this difficult time.”