Inside the Final Days Before American and 2 Australian Brothers Were Found Slain in Mexican Well

They called it a “trip of a lifetime

Published Time: 08.05.2024 - 17:31:13 Modified Time: 08.05.2024 - 17:31:13

They called it a “trip of a lifetime.”

And for a while it was — until Jake Robinson, 30, from Perth, Australia, his older brother Callum Robinson, 33, who’d moved from his native Australia to San Diego, and their friend Jack Carter Rhoad, 30, also of San Diego, ended up dead at the bottom of a 50-foot well in a remote part of Mexico.

The three young men were killed execution-style, each suffering gunshot wounds to the head, police said, WBTV reports.

Three people are being questioned in connection with their deaths, say Mexican officials, as their families and friends deal with their devastating losses.

Here is a timeline of events before the surfers’ tragic end: 

Jake, a doctor, left Australia for San Diego to join his brother, who played professional lacrosse, and Rhoad, who was planning to get married in three months, for a quick surf trip, WA Today Australia reports. He was set to start a new job at a hospital in Victoria after his vacation.

He and his brother went to the Coachella music festival before heading south to surf Mexico’s west coast with Rhoad, according to WA Today.

During the first part of their trip, they made the most of their sun-kissed surroundings. Callum posted pictures on his Instagram page of the three kicking back with their feet up on a bar, relaxing in a jacuzzi and taking in the ocean while sitting in the sand on a Mexican beach.

One now-heartbreaking picture shows Callum’s white pickup truck filled with equipment parked in a sandy locale with the caption, “...and it begins.”

They also spent time in San Miguel, the last place they surfed before they disappeared. “I had the opportunity to meet these guys like three days before in San Miguel,” a surfer identified only as Patricia told WBTV. “We were surfing together. They were super nice people. They were asking for tacos and they were looking so happy to be here.”

The three were reportedly last seen alive while celebrating a birthday, according to Newsweek.

Mexican police and the FBI launch an extensive search for the missing men after they were officially reported missing.

The brothers’ mother, Debra Robinson, went on social media to help find her sons, saying she hadn't heard from them since April 27.

“Reaching out to anyone who has seen my two sons,” Debra wrote on Facebook, < -

em>The Australian reports. “They were due to book into an Airbnb in Rosarito after their camping weekend but they did not show up.”

The three were last seen at the K38 surf break, according to a missing persons poster the family distributed, reports. They were reported missing when Callum failed to show up for work, the poster said.

Mexican officials announced in a press release that three surfers had been reported missing.

During a press conference that same day, Baja California state prosecutor María Elena Andrade Ramirez said authorities were questioning three people in connection to the men’s disappearances, the Associated Press reported.

FBI San Diego confirmed that four bodies were found in Santo Tomas, Baja California, NBC DFW and the Associated Press report. The area where the bodies were found was near the site where the three men had pitched their tents, FBI San Diego said.

The bodies were found at the bottom of a 50-foot well, FBI San Diego said, NBC San Diego reports.

Authorities found signs of a fight near the well, including shell casings and blood stains, police said, Newsweek reports. Authorities were trying to confirm the identity of the bodies.

At a press conference Sunday, Baja California’s chief state prosecutor María Elena Andrade Ramírez said they believe the three men were killed for their white pickup truck, because the killers wanted the tires, the Associated Press reports.

She said she believes the killers spotted the tents the three surfers had set up, saw the truck and wanted to steal the tires, the AP reports.

“When (the surfers) came up and caught them, surely, they resisted,” she said.

The men were likely killed when they fought off the robbers, she said.

Their relatives identified the bodies, Ramirez said.

Jake and Callum's distraught parents made their first public statement about their son's murders, saying, "The world has become a darker place for us," ABC.Net.Au reports.

"We also mourn the loss of Jack Carter Rhoad, a close friend. They were young men enjoying their passion of surfing together," she said.

A friend of the brothers set up a GoFundMe to honor Callum and Jake and help the Robinsons' defray funeral costs.

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