canada africa partner reservation Bodies found in Mexico, likely those of missing Americans and two Australians

Bodies found in Mexico, likely those of missing Americans and two Australians

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MEXICO CITY – Three bodies recovered in an area of ​​Mexico’s Baja California state are likely those of two Australians and an American who went missing during a camping and surfing trip last weekend, prosecutors said Saturday.

Although there is no confirmation yet based on forensic examination, physical features – including hair and clothing – mean there is a good chance the bodies are those of the three tourists, local TV channel Milenio reported, citing chief prosecutor María Elena Andrade Ramírez. .

“It is believed that (the bodies) are the ones under investigation,” a prosecutor’s office official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, told the Associated Press.

The bodies were found in a well where investigators also found another body that authorities said would be examined.

“A fourth body was located. It has nothing to do with the three foreigners. The fourth body had been there for a long time,” the official added.

The site where the bodies were discovered near the municipality of Santo Tomás was close to the remote coastal area where the missing men’s tents and truck were found along the coast on Thursday.

The men – identified by relatives as brothers Jake and Callum Robinson from Australia and American Jack Carter Rhoad – went missing on Saturday. They didn’t show up at their planned accommodation this weekend.

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 had said Thursday they were questioning three people in the case. On Friday, the office said the three had been arrested on charges of a crime equivalent to kidnapping. It was unclear whether more charges would be filed against them.

Andrade Ramírez, the chief prosecutor, said the evidence found with the abandoned tents was linked to the three people questioned about the missing foreigners.

Milenio reported that she said the suspects appeared to have stolen the surfers’ truck and that some of its parts were found in another truck belonging to one of the suspects.

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.

In 2015, two Australian surfers, Adam 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.

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