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Tourists found dead in Mexico identified as American and Australian surfers


Jack Carter Rhoad, 30, of San Diego and two brothers from Australia, Jake Robinson, 30, and Callum Robinson, 33, disappeared on April 27 during a surfing trip in Ensenada, Mexico.

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Three bodies recovered in Mexico last week are those of three tourists who disappeared during a surfing trip and three people were in custody in connection with their deaths, officials in the country confirmed Sunday.

American Jack Carter Rhoad, 30, of San Diego, and Australian brothers Jake Robinson, 30, and Callum Robinson, 33, disappeared April 27 while traveling in Ensenada, less than 100 miles south of the U.S. border. Mexico.

At a press conference, the Baja California Attorney General’s Office said the victims were found shot at the bottom of a 50-foot pit after it appeared the trio tried to intervene in an apparent carjacking.

Mexico publicly announced in an announcement on Sunday expressed his condolences The BBC reported that the tourist deaths occurred after a prosecutor confirmed that relatives of the victims had traveled to the country and identified the bodies of their loved ones.

A fourth body was also found in the well, but it does not appear to be related to the murders of the tourists, the agency wrote in a press release. According to authorities, the victim had been there for an extended period of time.

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Three people arrested in murder of surfers

María Elena Andrade Ramírez, Baja’s chief prosecutor, said an arrest warrant had been issued for Jesús Gerardo “N,” alias “El Kekas,” accusing him of enforced disappearance of people in connection with the case. That suspect, Ramírez said, was in custody Sunday.

Two other people, a man and a woman, had also been arrested in connection with the killings, Ramírez announced. Officials have not identified the couple.

Ramírez said officials believed the killers had seen the victims’ tents and pickup truck and wanted to steal their tires, but when the victims “came up and caught them, they definitely resisted.”

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Weapon casings, bloodstains and drag marks found at the scene

The office previously said it learned about the missing friends through social media and announced that their bodies were discovered after searching properties near where they had been camping in the area known as La Bocana Santo Tomás.

At the scene, officials wrote in a news release that evidence including tent poles, a gun casing, plastic gallon bottles, bloodstains and drag marks led to suspicion that the victims may have been attacked.

U.S. and Australian consulates, embassies and national law enforcement agencies confirmed they worked closely with Mexican authorities in the investigation.

The U.S. Department of State encourages citizens to keep their friends and family informed about their international travel and to discuss plans in the event of an emergency.

Natalie Neysa Alund is a senior reporter for USA TODAY. Reach her at [email protected] and follow her at X @nataliealund.