12/03/2015 07:06 EST | Updated 12/03/2015 07:59 EST

Edmonton Tourists' Van Had Bodies Inside With Gunshot Wounds: Mexican Official


MEXICO CITY — A Mexican official says two bodies found in a burned-out van belonging to a missing Australian tourist had gunshot wounds, suggesting the victims were killed by gunfire before being set on fire.

The bodies have not been positively identified as those of two Australian surfers who went missing two weeks ago in Mexico's violence-plagued Sinaloa state. DNA tests are planned. The van's identification numbers match a van owned by one of the men, that was registered in Alberta.

The Mexican official, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, confirmed the gunshot wounds Thursday and said it was a case of homicide.

Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman had driven to Mexico from their home in Edmonton, Alberta, and went missing Nov. 20 while travelling to the city of Guadalajara to visit Coleman's girlfriend.

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