Surfer Dies in Mexico’s Most Dangerous Tourist Spot in Car Theft

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Three tourists were found dead in Mexico, shot in the head, and dumped in a well. Officials confirmed the incident.

According to BBC on Thursday (9/5/2024), it’s believed the three were attacked when they tried to stop their pickup truck from being stolen.

Australian brothers, Jake and Callum Robinson (30 and 33 years old), along with their American buddy, Jack Carter Rhoad (30), went missing on April 27 during a surfing trip in Ensenada.

The families identified them on Sunday after traveling to Mexico to help out, said a prosecutor.

The attackers wanted the truck for its tires and shot the tourists when they resisted, said Maria Andrade, a prosecutor from Baja California.

Their bodies were found in a well 4 meters deep, about 6 km from where they were attacked in Santo Tomás on Friday.

They found abandoned tents, a burned white pickup truck, and phones belonging to the missing surfers nearby.

Another body was found in the well, but it had been there longer and wasn’t related to this case, officials said.

Two men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in the attack. A man with a criminal record has been charged with “forced disappearance”.

Earlier, the FBI said they were looking into the case and had reached out to international partners.

Baja California is one of the deadliest states in Mexico, where local drug gangs fight for territory.

In 2023, the city had the second-highest murder rate in the country after Guanajuato state, according to official data.

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