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The murdered bodies are ‘most likely’ those of missing surfers, Mexican investigators say

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A burnt-out white pickup discovered at a ranch in Santo Tomas is the same car the two Australians and an American man were driving before going missing, a local police source said.



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Mexican authorities said on Sunday that three bodies found earlier this week in Baja California state were murdered and are “most likely” those of three missing surfers from the US and Australia.

The state’s attorney general, Maria Elena Andrade, told a news conference that forensic examinations had revealed that the three bodies had suffered gunshot wounds to the head and were believed to be those of American Jack Carter Rhoad and Australian brothers Jake and Callum Robinson were.

The three friends are believed to have been on a surfing and camping trip near the city of Ensenada, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) south of the border city of Tijuana, when they went missing on April 29.

“It is very likely that the three bodies are those of the three surfers, but the family is still going through the identification process,” Andrade said.

She added that the three bodies had been determined to have been murdered but had not yet been formally identified.

Relatives of the surfers arrived in Tijuana on Saturday and were expected to examine the bodies on Sunday afternoon, Andrade said.

Andrade said she expected the identification process to be completed “in the next few hours.”

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Callum and Jake Robinson.

Three Mexican nationals previously detained for questioning in connection with the case have since been arrested on suspicion of kidnapping, the attorney general’s office said Friday.

The three bodies were found on a cliff south of the municipality of Ensenada, according to two security sources and a member of an activist group specialized in searching for missing persons.

A local police source told CNN that authorities also found the men’s burned-out pickup truck about 40 miles from where the bodies were found.