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Australian brothers may have died because of car tires, Mexican authorities say

Thieves killed two Australian brothers and their American friend during a surfing trip to Mexico to steal their truck, mainly because they wanted the tires, authorities say.
Baja California prosecutors have released details of the killings but have not yet officially confirmed the identification of the bodies.

They said relatives of the victims are looking at the bodies to see if they can be identified by sight.

“The probability that it is them is very high,” said chief prosecutor María Elena Andrade Ramírez, noting that the bodies still appeared recognizable by sight.
by posting idyllic photos on social media of waves and secluded beaches along a stretch of coast south of the city of Ensenada.
Photo of a family on a boat.

Brothers Jake Robinson (right) and brother Callum (2nd from left) Robinson with their parents. Source: MONKEY / DELIVERED/PR IMAGE

But Andrade Ramírez described the moments of terror that ended the journey for brothers Jake and Callum Robinson from Australia and American Jack Carter Rhoad.

She said the killers were driving by and saw the foreigners’ pickup and tents and wanted to steal their tires.

“They definitely resisted,” she said of the victims, and the thieves shot them dead.

The thieves then went to what she called “a place that is extremely difficult to reach” and dumped their bodies in a well they apparently knew.
The site where the bodies were discovered near the municipality of Santo Tomás was near the remote coastal area where the missing men’s tents and truck were found along the coast.

The moderator of local internet forum Talk Baja, who has lived in the area for almost two decades, wrote in an editorial that “the reality is that the dangers of traveling and camping in remote areas no longer outweigh the benefits.”

Burned truck

Burnt-out car found during search for missing Perth brothers Jake and Callum Robinson in Mexico. Source: MONKEY / DELIVERED/PR IMAGE

Baja California prosecutors had said they were questioning three people in the case.

On Friday, the office said the three had been arrested on charges of a crime equivalent to kidnapping, but that was before the bodies were found. It was unclear whether more charges would be filed against them.
It was believed that at least one of the suspects had directly participated in the murders.
Last week, the mother of missing Australians, Debra Robinson, posted on a local community Facebook page a plea for help finding her sons.

Robinson said Callum and Jake have not been heard from since April 27. They had booked accommodation in the nearby town of Rosarito.