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    Mexico - Dean Lucas & Adam Coleman, both 33, Navolato, Sinaloa, 21 Nov 2015

    Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman

    Two Australian Surfers Vanish in Mexico
    "After a pair of surfers failed to arrive in Guadalajara, Mexico, friends and family are concerned for their safety. Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, two friends from Western Australia, were traveling by van in search of waves when they disappeared.

    Lucas and Coleman are from Golden Bay, a suburb of Perth. According to reports, they had “solid plans and reservations” to be in Guadalajara by November 21st. They’ve been classified as missing people by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    It has also been reported that Coleman’s phone is being used by someone else, but details surrounding the missing pair are sketchy."

    http://www.theinertia.com/surf/two-a...ing-in-mexico/
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    Apparently, a friend/partner posted about receiving some "distressing developments"
    http://www.smh.com.au/wa-news/fears-...28-glalr2.html

    From that link: "Her comments followed a report by Mexican news outlet noroeste.com which said the bodies of two people had been found in a burnt-out van in Navolato, one of the most dangerous places in Mexico."
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    http://www.vivalanoticia.com/Noticia.aspx?ID=19036

    It's in Spanish. My translation (apologies if it's rough, I don't often translate crime stories!):

    A van was found with two people inside which had been set on fire. The finding occurred on a dirt road ("the 25") which connects the towns El Tigre (also known as Juan Aldama) and San Blas, Navolato.

    Locals were traveling the path when they noticed a Chevy van among the nearby fields. Upon approaching they discovered two burned people inside.

    It is assumed that these persons were traders (note: awkward translation) because inside the van large amounts of burnt cans were found, and a bicycle was in place of the spare tire.

    Police and state security officers arrived at the scene.

    See more at: http://www.vivalanoticia.com/Noticia....WrYRr66t.dpuf
    There is a photo accompanying the story that looks, unfortunately, very much like the van our missing Australians were driving.

    ETA: Found another news story that gives more detail than the one I linked and translated above: http://www.noroeste.com.mx/publicaciones.php?id=1068817

    It's mostly the same as the above, though it mentions that the vehicle was missing its license plates and that the initial call about the vehicle was reported at 10:30 on the day before the article was published (putting the call at 10:30am November 21st).
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    Ugh! I hope they just got mugged and are found safe. So tragic 😣

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    Unfortunately the burnt van looks exactly like the one the two surfers were driving; the bicycle is there too. I get so angry and feel so helpless when this type of completely unwarranted violence occurs. Its just so senseless and random. It takes away from the sense of freedom and safety that we all have the right to enjoy. I don't know how anyone who is affected by something like this ever recovers any sense of normalcy in their lives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by melodyl View Post
    Unfortunately the burnt van looks exactly like the one the two surfers were driving; the bicycle is there too. I get so angry and feel so helpless when this type of completely unwarranted violence occurs. Its just so senseless and random. It takes away from the sense of freedom and safety that we all have the right to enjoy. I don't know how anyone who is affected by something like this ever recovers any sense of normalcy in their lives.
    BBM - As positive as I am that this burned van was indeed that of Dean and Adam, I have a tiny shred of hope in that the van our Aussies were driving had a very distinct BACK RIGHT DOOR (the one that did not contain the spare tire) that was red. In the pictures of the burnt van, the only door that looks unusual is the BACK LEFT DOOR. Perhaps there were two unrelated young men who happened to be driving a nearly-identical Chevy van with a bicycle on the back on a road just off the route from Topolobampo to Guadalajara..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CosmicLatte View Post
    BBM - As positive as I am that this burned van was indeed that of Dean and Adam, I have a tiny shred of hope in that the van our Aussies were driving had a very distinct BACK RIGHT DOOR (the one that did not contain the spare tire) that was red. In the pictures of the burnt van, the only door that looks unusual is the BACK LEFT DOOR. Perhaps there were two unrelated young men who happened to be driving a nearly-identical Chevy van with a bicycle on the back on a road just off the route from Topolobampo to Guadalajara..?
    Something else I noticed...the driver's side, above the rear tire, on the burnt van looks like the access door to gas tank. I don't see the same on the picture of the van driven by the two surfers. Maybe I am seeing things???? Hoping for the best here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpeacock1 View Post
    Something else I noticed...the driver's side, above the rear tire, on the burnt van looks like the access door to gas tank. I don't see the same on the picture of the van driven by the two surfers. Maybe I am seeing things???? Hoping for the best here.

    ..Hate to burst your bubble, but here's another picture from the article about their disappearance I posted earlier.. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/...8773311732.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by CosmicLatte View Post
    ..Hate to burst your bubble, but here's another picture from the article about their disappearance I posted earlier.. http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2015/...8773311732.jpg
    Bubble burst! Well that does it for me. No word to friends or family...not showing up for solid plans and reservations. Looks really bad.


    Thanks for the info CosmicLatte.


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    This is so upsetting. I live in a surfing destination, and know people who travel the world to find great surf spots. They are, to a one, gentle people who are just looking to have a great adventure.

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    It is them, I have no doubt and I will bet they were stopped by armed men on the road, robbed and killed. They were traveling through one of the most dangerous places in lawless Mexico. May as well be in Afghanistan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeaTime View Post
    It is them, I have no doubt and I will bet they were stopped by armed men on the road, robbed and killed. They were traveling through one of the most dangerous places in lawless Mexico. May as well be in Afghanistan.
    I do want to mention to everyone that Mexico in and of itself isn't a dangerous place, much like the United States isn't in and of itself a dangerous place. But every country has its places that are remote, dark, seedy, etc., and Mexico is no exception. In the US we have Detroit, we have parts of Chicago and New York, we have bad areas of Philadelphia - in Mexico there are good areas and bad areas. You can't expect the police to constantly monitor hundreds of miles of dirt roads between towns too small to be called cities.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CosmicLatte View Post
    BBM - As positive as I am that this burned van was indeed that of Dean and Adam, I have a tiny shred of hope in that the van our Aussies were driving had a very distinct BACK RIGHT DOOR (the one that did not contain the spare tire) that was red. In the pictures of the burnt van, the only door that looks unusual is the BACK LEFT DOOR. Perhaps there were two unrelated young men who happened to be driving a nearly-identical Chevy van with a bicycle on the back on a road just off the route from Topolobampo to Guadalajara..?
    I'm thinking the different look of the left back door is because of the tyre burning - would have been very dirty smoke?

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    This is just horrible. I also have to doubt it is them.

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