California surf school owner charged with murdering his two young children in Mexico

Authorities said of an owner and founder of a surfing school in Santa Barbara, California. press conference posted online.

Santa Barbara native Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents while crossing into California from Tijuana, Mexico, to San Ysidro post and remained in federal prison, Mexican authorities they said.

The arrest came after the bodies of two children, a 3-year-old girl and an 11-month-old boy, were discovered Monday morning by a farm worker at a ranch near Rosarito in Baja California, Hiram Sanchez, Baja California’s attorney general, said said at the press conference.

The girl’s injury indicated that she had been stabbed 12 times, and the boy had been stabbed 17 times, she said.

Authorities said they found a wooden pole attached to blood.

Coleman and the children were checked into a Rosarito hotel on Saturday, but video footage shows they left before dawn on Monday, authorities said.

Authorities said the man later returned alone later in the morning.

Coleman founded Lovewater Surf School in Santa Barbara, a coastal town 95 miles northwest of Los Angeles. He attended Point Loma University in San Diego where he competed in the sailing team before receiving his master’s degree in Spanish from UC Santa Barbara in 2009, according to his biography posted on the sailing site Lovewater. He taught high school for four years before the school’s founder sailed that he ran with his wife, Abby.

Police in Santa Barbara said Coleman’s wife was reported missing and said she was concerned for their welfare.

Coleman could face aggravated murder charges in Mexico.

It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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