Bodies found in Mexico in search for missing Australian brothers Jake and Callum Robinson

Bodies found in Mexico in search for missing Australian brothers Jake and Callum Robinson
  • PublishedMay 4, 2024

Mexican authorities say three bodies have been found in an area where two Australian brothers and their American travel companion are missing.

A local government official in Ensenada, in Mexico’s north-west, told the ABC the bodies were found near a cliff on the Pacific coast on Friday morning, local time.

The bodies have not been identified.

Men in military clothing standing on top of a hill with shrubbery, with a car behind them and another in front
The three bodies were found at this site in Baja California.(Supplied)
Men in military clothing standing near the boot of a police truck on a mountain.
The three bodies were found at this site in Baja California.(Supplied)
A yellow police tape above the ground on the side of a mountain with items on the grass area
The three bodies were found at this site in Baja California.(Supplied)


Jake and Callum Robinson, originally from Perth, and their American friend Jack Carter Rhoad have not been heard from since April 27.

They were surfing and camping in Baja California, south of the US border, but had failed to show up at their accommodation in the city of Rosarito.

The car the three travellers had been using was found, burnt out, on a ranch in the area.

Authorities confirmed tents had also been found where the men were believed to be staying.

The Baja California coast is a popular surfing destination but is also plagued by violent drug cartels. The state contains many smuggling routes used by the cartels to get to the US, but tourist spots such as the Enseneda area are generally considered safer than other parts.

Local authorities fear the men met with foul play. But Baja California’s Attorney-General, María Elena Andrade Ramírez, said they did not currently believe there was a link to organised crime.

Speaking through a translator, she told the ABC the disappearance of the men was an “atypical, exceptional case”.

“We have a tourist influx and a similar case has not occurred,” she said.

Jake and Callum Robinson smiling on a beach
Callum (right) has been living in the US, and Jake (left) travelled from Australia.(Supplied)

Three people — two brothers, and a 23-year-old woman romantically linked to one of them — were arrested earlier this week.

The woman was allegedly found with a mobile phone belonging to one of the missing Australians, local police said.

All three of the people arrested allegedly had drugs on them when they were detained. A pick-up truck belonging to one of the arrested trio had been seized, Ms Ramírez said.

Two men in wetsuits stand together near water
Both Callum (left) and Jake Robinson are keen surfers. (Supplied: Instagram)

“We have a substantial amount of evidence and are conducting a comprehensive investigation,” Ms Ramírez told the ABC on Friday, local time.

“However, we have not uncovered any clues that could indicate their survival.”

Callum, 33, is a successful lacrosse player who has played with several American teams. Jake, 30, is a doctor working in Perth, who had travelled to the US to visit his older brother.

Family and friends have been using social media to appeal for help finding the men. They said their lack of recent contact was out of character. 

A red and white missing persons poster with pictures of brothers Callum and Jake Robinson and a third man.
An appeal was shared on social media.(Supplied: Dan Fragomeni)

Their parents Debra and Martin Robinson said on Friday they were “heading to the US/Mexico to be as close as possible to the area where they were last seen”.

“Callum and Jake are beautiful human beings,” they said in a statement to media.

“We love them so much and this breaks our heart.

“Our only comfort right now is that they were together doing something they passionately loved.”

Cars parked and people standing at a cliff face in Mexico
These images of the search operation in Baja California, Mexico, were provided by a local journalist.(Supplied: Mario Munoz)
A section of coastline in Mexico, where local authorities are searching for Jake and Callum Robinson
Local authorities say an urgent search was launched when the men were reported missing.(Supplied: Mario Munoz)
Cars parked along a rocky cliff face in Mexico
The men were travelling in Mexico’s north-west, near the US border.(Supplied: Mario Munoz)


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