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

Tyler Mitchell By Tyler Mitchell May12,2024
Three bodies have been reportedly found in northern Mexico, in the area where two Australian brothers and their American friend are missing.
The bodies were found on Friday near the Pacific coast, an Ensenada government official has told the ABC. Reuters has reported a similar find, citing three unnamed sources.
The bodies have not yet been identified.
Forensic tests on the remains will be conducted by a state laboratory which will allow for positive identification of the bodies, the local prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
Perth brothers Callum and Jake Robinson, both in their 30s, were surfing and camping near Ensenada, about 90 minutes south of the US border with Mexico 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 one diabetes.

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

A burnt out white ute.

The white ute was found burned out at a ranch, in the vicinity of where the brothers went missing. Source: AAP / Supplied Image

What evidence has been found in Mexico?

Mexican authorities retrieved the white Chevrolet pickup truck used by the men, burnt out, on a farm in the area.
After their abandoned tents were found, Baja California’s chief public prosecutor María Elena Andrade Ramírez confirmed three people were taken into custody over the men’s disappearance.
This included a 23-year-old female, who was found in possession of a phone belonging to one of the Australian brothers.
All three individuals allegedly had drugs on their persons when they were detained.

The area where the men vanished is known as a hotspot for cartel violence, but Andrade Ramirez said at present they had not found links to organised crime.

A wide shot of three vehicles parked near a cliff edge, with the ocean to the right.

The three bodies were found near a cliff on the Pacific coast on Friday morning, local time. Credit: SUPPLIED/PR IMAGE

What have authorities said?

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

“However, we have not uncovered any clues that could indicate their survival.”

A group of four people posing 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 balding, 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), throughout their trip. Credit: Instagram

Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong reiterated the government’s support for the family, as it works closely with Mexican authorities to locate the men.

“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 concerned,” she told reporters on Saturday.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has urged people to exercise a high degree of caution when travelling to Baja California “due to the threat of violent crime”.

Parents ‘heartbroken’ as they travel to Mexico

Parents Martin and Debra Robinson have praised their “beautiful” sons and thanked authorities for their ongoing work to “find the answers we so desperately seek”.
In a letter sent to the media on Friday, they said they were “heading to the US/Mexico to be as close as possible to the area where they were last seen”.

“Callum and Jake are beautiful human beings. We love them so much and this breaks our heart,” they said in the statement.

Callum, a professional lacrosse player, was living in the US to pursue the sport. Jake had gone to visit his brother for the trip of a lifetime, before taking up a new doctor position at a Victorian hospital.
“Surfing is a passion they both share,” they said. “Our only comfort right now is that they were together doing something they passionately loved.”

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

Tyler Mitchell

By Tyler Mitchell

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2 thoughts on “Bodies found in Mexico near where brothers went missing – here’s what we know”
  1. I can’t imagine the anguish the families must be going through. It’s heartbreaking to hear about these discoveries in a place where they were just enjoying their time. I hope they find some closure soon.

  2. It’s incredibly heartbreaking to hear about these tragic events in Mexico. My thoughts are with the families of the missing individuals. I fervently hope for some information that may lead to finding them safe. The authorities must act swiftly and thoroughly investigate this distressing situation.

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