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Three bodies found in Mexico, where foreign surfers are missing

Three bodies were found at a resort in the state of Baja California, in northwestern Mexico, where two Australian surfers and an American disappeared last week, the FBI announced Friday. “We can confirm that three deceased individuals were found in Santo Tomas, Baja California,” the US Federal Police office in San Diego, California, said, without revealing the identities of the victims. Journalists deployed to the region saw teams of Rescuers and forensic experts extracted, using a pulley system, what appeared to be bodies covered in mud from a well in a cliff above the Pacific. Earlier in the day, the Mexican authorities, in collaboration with the FBI, had intensified their search for two Australian brothers, Jake and Callum Robinson, and an American, Jack Carter. The three surf enthusiasts were last seen on April 27 in Bocana de Santo Tomas, a seaside resort in the municipality of Ensenada, in this region of Mexico marked by the violence of drug trafficking cartels. – Three arrests – The mother of the two Australians, Debra Robinson, indicated on Facebook that they were not never arrived at the accommodation they had reserved. On Thursday, authorities in Baja California indicated that three Mexicans had been arrested and were being questioned in connection with these disappearances. “A white pick-up truck was found, as well as other evidence”, said the state prosecutor in a press release, specifying that the investigation was taking place in coordination with the American and Australian authorities. Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Friday described these disappearances as “very worrying “We hope that these brothers will be found safe and sound, but their disappearance raises real concerns. It is obvious that their mother is very distressed by this situation. We hope for a positive outcome,” Mr. Albanese told Channel 7 television in Sydney. The famous beaches of Baja California are frequented by many American vacationers, who take advantage of the proximity to the border with the United States. But this state is also one of the most violent in Mexico due to the presence of criminal groups. In November 2015, two Australian surfers, Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, were killed in the state of Sinaloa, in the north. -western Mexico. And in March 2023, suspected members of the Gulf cartel kidnapped four Americans in the city of Matamoros, on the American border. Two of them were killed. The wave of violence that is falling. Mexico since the launch at the end of 2006 by the federal government of a controversial anti-drug operation has left more than 450,000 dead and 100,000 missing.str/axm/sem/roc/tmt

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