Jake and Callum Robinson: Three bodies found in search for missing Aussie brothers as family travels to Mexico

David Johns
The Nightly
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Police are tonight analysing a tooth, blood, remnants of a tent and a burnt out car in their search for two Australian tourists, Jake and Callum Robinson, missing in Mexico.

Mexican authorities have reportedly found three bodies in their search for the Australian brothers who went missing this week.

Perth brothers Callum and Jake Robinson had been on a surfing and camping trip in the Baja California region of Mexico, near Ensenada when they vanished.

Their family and friends took to social media in a desperate plea for information that could help track them down after they failed to make it to their holiday accommodation in Rosarito.

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The pair were travelling with an American citizen, Jack Carter Rhoad, who is also missing.

Mexican authorities early on Saturday Australian time were reported as saying three bodies had been found in La Bocana, about 200km south of San Diego.

It is understood Debra and Martin Robinson, Jake and Callum’s parents, flew out of Perth on Friday night to be closer to the search.

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

They thanked those who had shown them support and had been searching for their sons since their disappearance.

“We thank everyone, especially the police, DFAT, Australian embassy staff and other authorities, for continuing the search to find the answers we desperately seek.”

Mexican authorities have found three bodies in an area where two Australian brothers and their American travel companion were last seen.
Mexican authorities have found three bodies in an area where two Australian brothers and their American travel companion were last seen. Credit: 9News/9News
Brothers Callum and Jake Robinson and American Jack Carter Rhoad have been missing since April 27, after they failed to return from a camping trip in the Baja California region, near Ensenada.
Brothers Callum and Jake Robinson and American Jack Carter Rhoad have been missing since April 27, after they failed to return from a camping trip in the Baja California region, near Ensenada. Credit: 9News/9News

Reuters cited two sources with knowledge of the investigation as confirming the find but authorities have not confirmed whether the bodies are those belonging to the three missing men.

According to one online Mexican news outlet at least two bodies were found in a ravine in the La Bocana region.

The outlet reported rescue teams had been requested to help with the search and recovery efforts because the area was “difficult” to access.

On Friday, Baja California Attorney General María Elena Andrade Ramírez told reporters that three Mexican people — a woman and two men — had been arrested in connection to their disappearance.

Ms Ramírez said authorities were concentrating on three abandoned tents south of the Ensenada region where the boys were believed to be staying before they disappeared.

But she said the chances of finding the men had been diminished because authorities were not alerted quickly enough.

“Unfortunately, a notice of their disappearance was only filed in the last few days, so very important hours were lost there,” she told a press conference in Mexico on Friday.

Local media has reported that blood was discovered at the tent site and a truck believed to belong to one of the brothers has been found burnt out at a nearby farm.

The search for the West Australians and their American friend — who are all aged in their 30s — has been focused around San Juan de las Pulgas and Punta San Jose, in Baja California.

Officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have been providing assistance to the family.

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

Drug cartels are known to operate in the region and the state’s chief prosecutor said “all lines of investigation” remained open.

In 2015, West Australian surfers Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas were murdered, believed to have been shot by gang members in the neighbouring Sinaloa region, before their van and bodies were burnt.

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, as well as opposition foreign spokesman Simon Birmingham and WA Premier Roger Cook, expressed their concerns for the surfers’ safety and wishes for their safe return.

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