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Matthew Taylor Coleman lovewater surf school santa barbara ca news

A California surf school owner has been charged with fatally murdering his small daughters in Mexico.

According to investigators, the proprietor of a Santa Barbara surf school stabbed his 3-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son to death in a Mexican hotel and then fled with their mangled remains.

Matthew Taylor Coleman, 40, was apprehended at the US-Mexico border by US Customs and Border Protection agents as he attempted to return to California from Tijuana, Mexico, after his wife, Abby, reported him and their children missing, Baja California's attorney general, Hiram Sanchez, said in a press conference Tuesday.

Matthew Taylor Coleman lovewater surf school santa barbara ca news
Matthew Taylor Coleman

Mexican authorities tracked the trio to the City Express Hotel in Rosarito on Saturday, and surveillance video showed them departing early Monday morning. Coleman returned that morning alone and checked out.

A nearby farmworker discovered the children's bodies bleeding in the brush.

Sanchez stated that the girl had been stabbed 12 times and the kid had been wounded 17 times.

Additionally, a blood-stained wooden stake was recovered in the vicinity.

Coleman is anticipated to face prosecution in Mexico for aggravated murder.

Matthew and Abby Coleman own and operate the Lovewater Surf School, which is located around 95 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Coleman earned a master's degree in 2009 from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and then went on to "teach high school, coach a surf team, and spend ten years as the director of a local non-profit that used surfing as a means of mentoring the community's youth," according to his website biography.

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