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Australian Surfers Missing: Concern Mounts After Charred Bodies Found in Van

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Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman (Facebook)

By    |   Tuesday, 01 Dec 2015 11:32 AM

The fate of two Australian surfers who went missing last month is in question after authorities in Mexico found human remains in a burned van registered to one of the men.

Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman, both 33, were on a surfing trip from Canada to Mexico, but they failed to arrive as expected in Guadalajara on Nov. 21, CNN reported.

Mexican authorities later found a burned-out Chevy van with charred bodies inside in Sinaloa, the area where the Sinaloa drug cartel operates and a place widely considered one of the most dangerous areas in Mexico. The van is registered to Coleman, the Sinaloa state attorney-general announced Tuesday, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

Australia Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told ABC she holds "very grave concerns for [the missing surfers'] fate."

Family members of both Coleman and Lucas are traveling to Mexico to provide DNA and dental records in an attempt to identify the burned remains.

A North American correspondent for Australia's ABC reported that officials are trying to determine where the men were last seen. They reportedly traveled by ferry on Nov. 20 from Baja California to Topolobampo.

"The journey from there to Guadalajara is 900 kilometers by a toll highway. The Australians' van didn't make it even a quarter of the way," correspondent Michael Vincent wrote.

The area in Sinaloa where the van was found is considered extremely dangerous, according to the U.S. Department of State, which recommends avoiding travel in that area except to the city of Mazatlan.

"One of Mexico's most powerful criminal organizations is based in the state of Sinaloa, and violent crime rates remain high in many parts of the state," a travel advisory warns. "Travel off the toll roads in remote areas of Sinaloa is especially dangerous and should be avoided."

Josie Cox, Lucas' girlfriend, posted on Facebook:

 

Never felt so alone and useless...on my way to get some answers

Posted by Josie Cox on Sunday, November 29, 2015

Cox also pointed friends and family to a Facebook page where they can share memories of Lucas.

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