The bodies of a San Diego man and two Australian males have been identified after concerned family members helped launch a search party in Baja, Mexico. Arrests have been made in the case.

A Southern California surfer vacationing with two of his friends from Australia was found dead in a well on the northern coast of Mexico earlier this week. United States authorities joined Mexican police in the search for the three men who hadn't been heard from since April 27, according to details provided by

Since 2022, more than 100 Americans have died while visiting Mexico, according to Newsweek.

It's been reported that the motive for the killings may have been truck tires, according to reports. The three victims each suffered gunshot wounds to the head, according to NBC. The beach in Ensenada where the kidnappings are said to have taken place is located 90 miles south of San Diego. The truck the three were traveling in was found burnt and stripped of its tires, according to NBC.

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Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans cross the border from San Diego into Mexico to surf, shop, dine, and explore cities from Tijuana to Ensenada; Tijuana is considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world.

Ensenada is considered a cheaper vacation destination compared to tourist traps such as Cabo San Lucas and Puerta Vallarta. Driving into Mexico from San Diego is considered very risky due to the amount of crime and known drug cartels. Since 2022, more than 100 Americans have died while visiting Mexico, according to Newsweek.

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