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Mexico finds three bodies in search of missing tourists

  • Author, Andre Rhoden-Paul
  • Role, bbc news

Mexican authorities have found three bodies in an area of ​​Baja California where two Australian brothers and an American disappeared.

The FBI said the bodies were found in the city of St. Thomas and have not yet been identified, the BBC’s US partner CBS News reported.

Jake, 30, and Callum Robinson, 33, from Perth, and American Jack Carter Rhoad, 30, were on a surfing holiday near the popular tourist town of Ensenada. They disappeared on April 27.

On Thursday, Mexican police questioned a woman and two men in connection with her disappearance.

A state laboratory will perform forensic tests to identify the bodies, reported the Baja California State Prosecutor’s Office.

The office also reported on Friday that arrest warrants had been obtained for the crime of forced disappearance.

Abandoned tents, a burned white van and a phone linked to the missing tourists were previously found.

A team including firefighters had been searching for the Robinson brothers and Mr Rhoad in a remote area of ​​a cliff.

In a statement to CBS News, the FBI said it “cannot comment on specific details” but “we can assure you that we are evaluating every lead.”

“If they are credible, we will pursue those leads rigorously. We are in contact with the family of the US citizen and are aggressive with our international law enforcement partners to find answers,” the office added.

Baja California is one of the most violent states in Mexico, where local drug gangs wage turf wars. But the surfing conditions in Ensenada, 90 minutes south of the U.S.-Mexico border, have long attracted tourists from California.

A US State Department spokesperson said: “We are aware of these reports and are closely monitoring the situation.”

A spokesperson for Australia’s Foreign Office said its embassy in Mexico was working closely with Mexican authorities and the Australian Federal Police.

Screenshot, Ensenada is 90 minutes south of the US-Mexico border.