Bodies found during search for Australian brothers in Mexico

Three bodies have reportedly been found in an area of ​​northern Mexico where two Australian brothers and a friend are missing.

Reuters, citing two sources with knowledge of the investigation, said Mexican authorities had found three bodies on the Baja Peninsula, on the country’s Pacific coast.

The bodies have not yet been identified.

Local news site Zeta reported that two of the bodies were found on Saturday in a well in the La Bocana area, near where the men were believed to have camped after abandoned tents were found on Friday.

Siblings Callum, 33, and Jake Robinson, 30, from Perth were on a surfing holiday in the region when they failed to check into pre-arranged accommodation near the city of Ensenada.

Their mother Debra Robinson appealed for help finding her two sons and Carter Rhoad, 30, a friend from the United States with whom they were traveling, saying she had not heard from them since Saturday.

“Callum has type 1 diabetes, so there is also a medical problem,” she wrote on Mexican social media.

Baja California State Chief Prosecutor Maria Elena Andrade Ramirez said police have questioned three people in connection with their disappearance, but chances of finding the men have diminished due to delays in the investigation.

“Unfortunately, their disappearance was only reported in the last few days, so very important hours were lost there,” she told a news conference in Mexico on Friday.

Investigators have found a burnt-out white ute believed to be the vehicle the men were traveling in when they disappeared.

Ms Andrade Ramirez confirmed to ABC that a mobile phone belonging to one of the men was recovered while the three people were assisting with the investigation.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade officials said it was clearly a distressing time for the family, but the agency was in constant contact.

Foreign Minister Penny Wong reiterated that the government is doing everything it can to support the family.

“I can indicate that our embassy in Mexico, as well as the Australian Federal Police, are working in support of local authorities, that my department is providing consular support to the families involved,” she told reporters on Saturday.

The brothers’ family are reportedly traveling from Perth to Mexico to be closer to the investigation, Nine Network reports.

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

Drug cartels are known to operate in the region and the state’s chief prosecutor said “all lines of investigation” remained open.

In 2015, Western Australian surfers Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas were murdered, allegedly shot by gang members in the neighboring Sinaloa region, before their van and bodies were burned.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, as well as opposition foreign affairs spokesman Simon Birmingham and WA Prime Minister Roger Cook, have expressed concerns about the surfers’ safety and wishes for their safe return.

– AAP and Reuters