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Mexican charged with abduction of three tourists camping in Baja California

Ensenada, Baja California — A Mexican man has been charged in the abduction of three tourists camping in Baja California. On Wednesday, the Prosecutor’s Office said Jesús Gerardo “N”, alias “El Kekas”, will be tried for the forced disappearance of the three foreign men.

The men, Australian brothers Jake and Callum Robinson and American Jack Rhoad, were reported missing in late April. Their bodies were discovered several days later in a 15-meter deep well in an area south of Ensenada.

“It was established that during the afternoon of Saturday, April 27 and the morning of Sunday, April 28, 2024, in the area known as Punta San José in the town of Santo Tomás while the foreigners were camping, they were surprised by Jesús Gerardo “N” and other people with the intention of stealing their vehicle.

“Due to the reaction of the victims, they deprived them of their lives,” the Fiscalía General de Baja California reported in a statement.

“Through the investigations carried out by the Investigative Police of the Prosecutor’s Office in relation to the disappearance of the young people, the white Chevrolet Colorado vehicle, model 2016, in which the victims were traveling, was located burned out in the vicinity of the town of Santo Tomás.

A missing persons alert was issued for the three missing men in April.

“Other evidence was also collected such as rods from tents, firearm casings, plastic gallon bottles, blood stains and drag marks in the place where they were presumably camping,” the agency reported.

Through an operation, the bodies were located in a well more than 15 meters deep which took more than 12 hours to extract. The bodies were positively identified by family members.