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3 Bodies found in México identified as 2 Australians and 1 American killed in carjacking attempt

The bodies discovered in a hard-to-reach well near Ensenda were those of the two missing Australians and an American, Baja state prosecutors said, citing identification by family.

According to NBC news, the remains of three missing surfers were discovered in a remote well near the Mexican fishing port of Ensenada. The three men, at least two of whom were San Diego residents, were on a planned surf trip last week, but were reported missing after not returning to their Airbnb on the evening of April 24th.

The Ensenada medical examiner's office said Friday the three victims were killed by gunshot wounds to the head.

At a news conference Sunday, prosecutors said that the motive was carjacking and that the assailants may have been particularly focused on the wheels of the pickup truck used by the missing surfers.

Photo: NBC News / From left, Jack Carter Rhoad, Jake Robinson and Callum Robinson.

The three were at a makeshift encampment during a fishing and surfing trip south of Ensenada, where the Baja coast rapidly becomes remote and filled with surprises for surfers seeking relatively rare rides.

Prosecutors said they found the trio’s encampment, including tents, spent gun shells, bloodstains and marks indicating bodies had been dragged.

Three people were being questioned in connection with the case, authorities said. Two of the three, a man and a woman, were held on methamphetamine-related allegations, they said, and the third was the subject of a kidnapping warrant.

Our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims.

Photo: NBC News / Surfers take part in a paddle out ceremony at San Miguel Beach in Ensenada, Mexico on Sunday.

This is a sobering reminder of the dangers of visiting México’s lesser traveled areas. Thought of by many Californians and American citizens as an inviting, tropical destination for casual vacationing in a proximal and accessible locale, many parts of Baja California are overtly dangerous and frequently exhibit violent crime. Make sure to do the necessary research and take precautions if you are planning to venture down south of the boarder.

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