Mexican authorities find three bodies in the area where three foreign surfers went missing

The state prosecutor’s office arrested three people linked to the disappearance of two Australians and an American in Punta San José, near Ensenada, on April 27

Mexican law enforcement officers walk along the beach, following the disappearance of two Australian tourists and one American tourist in Baja California, in Rosarito, Mexico May 2, 2024
Security agents walk along Rosarito beach after the disappearance of the three foreign tourists in Baja California on May 2.Jorge Duenes (Reuters)

Authorities in Mexico have found three bodies near the area in Baja California where three foreign surfers disappeared last week, sources in the investigation told Reuters. So far, there are no further details on where and how the lifeless bodies were found. Australian brothers Callum and Jake Robinson and American Jack Carter Road were lost last September 27 at Punta San José, near Ensenada. The state prosecutor’s office reported on Thursday that it had arrested three people linked to the disappearance.

Baja California Attorney General Maria Elena Andrade announced Thursday afternoon that in the search operation, blood and teeth were found near the tent where the three surfers were sleeping. The car in which they were traveling was burned.

The detainees linked to the disappearance, two men and a woman, were discovered with the cell phone of one of the three foreigners. “I cannot mention at this moment what quality they [the detainees] have because they have relations, some in a direct way and some in an indirect way. We already have [made] great progress. At the moment, a work team is where they were last seen,” said Andrade.

The brothers’ mother, Debra Robinson, asked for help last Wednesday on social networks to try to locate her sons, who had started a trip to surf the waves of Baja California on Thursday last week with their friend Jack Carter. “I am reaching out to anyone who has seen my two sons. They have not contacted us since Saturday, April 27,” she wrote on the Talk Baja Facebook page, where 120,000 members gave travel recommendations in the U.S. border state.

The woman’s biggest concern was that her son Callum, 33, is diabetic, so he needs medication. He works in San Francisco as a lacrosse player. His brother Jake, 30, had visited him from Perth, the Australian city where they were both originally from. Together with Jack Carter, they had made the two-hour drive from the United States to Ensenada in their Chevrolet Colorado with California plates, with the number 70189W1, according to the information provided by their mother. Last Saturday, when they disappeared, they had a reservation at a vacation home in Rosarito.

The news was widely reported in Australia. A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade confirmed that consular assistance is being provided to the family. Of particular concern to the friend of one of the young men who spoke to ABC Radio Perth was that the Robinson brothers did not post on social media after their disappearance: “Part of the concern is that they have been traveling around the United States and had been posting quite regularly about their trip up until the weekend.”

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