Police in Mexico intensify search for missing Australians, American surfers – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Mexican authorities said Thursday they had found tents and questioned three people in the case of two Australians and an American who went missing in the Pacific coast state of Baja California over the weekend.

María Elena Andrade Ramírez, the state's chief prosecutor, would not say whether the three people interviewed were considered possible suspects or witnesses in the case. She said only that some were directly related to the case, others indirectly.

But Andrade Ramírez said evidence found along with the abandoned tents was somehow linked to the three. The three foreigners were believed to have been surfing and camping on the Baja Coast near the coastal town of Ensenada, but did not show up at their scheduled accommodation over the weekend.

“A working team (of investigators) is at the place where they were last seen, where tents and other evidence were found that could be linked to these three people we are investigating,” Andrade Ramírez said. “There is a lot of important information that we are not allowed to publish.”

“We don’t know what condition they are in,” she added. Although drug cartels are active in the area, she said, “All lines of inquiry are open at this time. “We can't rule anything out until we find them.”

On Wednesday, the mother of the missing Australians, Debra Robinson, posted a call on a local community Facebook page to help find her sons Jake and Callum. Robinson said her son has not been heard from since Saturday, April 27. They would have booked accommodation in the nearby town of Rosarito in Baja California.

Robinson said one of her sons, Callum, is diabetic. She also mentioned that the American who was with them was named Jack Carter Rhoad, but the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City did not immediately confirm this.

Andrade Ramírez said her office was in contact with Australian and US officials. But she suggested that the passage of time might make it harder to find her.

“Unfortunately they were only reported missing in the last few days. So that meant important hours or time was lost,” she said.

In 2015, two Australian surfers, Adam Coleman and Dean Lucas, were killed in the western state of Sinaloa, across the Gulf of California – also known as the Sea of ​​Cortez – from the Baja Peninsula. Authorities say they were victims of muggers. Three suspects were arrested in this case.

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