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Suspect sought in deaths of missing San Diego couple, 78 and 73, whose bodies were found at bottom of a well in Mexico near their abandoned vehicle days after final texts to family said they were off to the beach (9 Pics)

The bodies of two missing American tourists, 78 and 73, have been found in a well in northern Mexico days after their abandoned car was discovered in a remote area.  
Ian Hirschsohn, 78, and Kathy Harvey, 73, both of San Diego, vanished while vacationing near El Socorrito, south of San Quintin, about 200 miles south of the United States-Mexico border, reported CBS8
The retired couple, who own a home in the area, were last heard from on August 28 when they texted relatives to say they were going to explore a gold mine or visit a beach.
Their remains were found at the bottom of a well in a remote area south of Ensenada days later.
A law enforcement official who spoke to DailyMail.com under the condition of anonymity said Tuesday that Baja California authorities have identified a male suspect and were in the process of obtaining a warrant for his arrest. 
The bodies of two missing American tourists, Ian Hirschsohn, 78, and Kathy Harvey, 73, (pictured together) have been found in a well in northern Mexico days after their abandoned car was discovered in a remote area
The bodies of two missing American tourists, Ian Hirschsohn, 78, and Kathy Harvey, 73, (pictured together) have been found in a well in northern Mexico days after their abandoned car was discovered in a remote area
A law enforcement official who spoke to DailyMail.com under the condition of anonymity said Tuesday that a suspect has been identified in connection with the deaths of Ian Hirschsohn (pictured) and his partner Kathy Harvey
A law enforcement official who spoke to DailyMail.com under the condition of anonymity said Tuesday that a suspect has been identified in connection with the deaths of Ian Hirschsohn (pictured) and his partner Kathy Harvey
The Baja California state prosecutor's office confirmed in a statement Monday that the bodies recovered from the well were identified as that of the elderly couple. 
Hirschsohn and Harvey were reported missing September 2, the statement said. 
Harvey's son, Robert Harvey, told CBS8 he received a text from his mom on the evening of Friday August 28 saying they were planning on going to a gold mine or to a beach.
The couple were never heard from again.  
They were due to return to San Diego on August 31 after spending around a week on holiday together. 
Mexican authorities discovered the couple's car - a navy-blue Toyota Land Cruiser - in Ensenada earlier last week, Robert told CBS8.   
Investigators then spotted human remains matching the couple's description at the bottom of a nearby well Thursday.
The bodies were recovered Friday and Saturday and later identified as the couple, the Baja California state prosecutor's office said.
Ian Hirschsohn, 78
Kathy Harvey, 73
Hirschsohn and Harvey, both of San Diego, vanished while vacationing near El Socorrito, south of San Quintin, about 200 miles south of the Mexican border
Mexican authorities discovered the couple's car - a navy-blue Toyota Land Cruiser - in Ensenada earlier last week. Pictured the couple's car
Mexican authorities discovered the couple's car - a navy-blue Toyota Land Cruiser - in Ensenada earlier last week. Pictured the couple's car
Pictured Hirschsohn. The retired couple were last heard from on August 28 when they texted relatives to say they were going to explore a gold mine or visit a beach
Pictured Hirschsohn. The retired couple were last heard from on August 28 when they texted relatives to say they were going to explore a gold mine or visit a beach
No information regarding the cause of death or motive was provided.
The investigation is ongoing and foul play is suspected.  
Harvey's distraught son paid tribute to his mom, who worked for more than three decades as a physical therapist in Chula Vista before her retirement.
'She was really enjoying retirement and had multiple groups of friends,' Robert told CBS8. 
He said the couple loved traveling together and often stayed in the community of expats near El Socorrito. 
'She loved walking and traveling. She had a huge bucket list of where she wanted to go,' Robert added.
Hirschsohn's daughter Ava Setzer wrote in a Facebook post that the couple had been staying in a home in El Socorrito that Hirschsohn bought back in 1985. 
She described him as a keen windsurfer and 'seasoned veteran of Baja travel' who had visited the area for more than three decades. 
According to Hirschsohn's LinkedIn account, the California retiree graduated from the University of The Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He obtained a master's degree in engineering sciences from Purdue University in 1966, and completed a second master's degree in aerospace, aeronautical and astronautical engineering in 1967 from Princeton University.
The couple's remains were found at the bottom of a well in a remote area south of Ensenada. Pictured the coast of Ensenada
The couple's remains were found at the bottom of a well in a remote area south of Ensenada. Pictured the coast of Ensenada
Craig Harrison's body was found at a beach in Baja California, Mexico, on Saturday. The 65-year-old was stabbed in the chest. He had been living in Mexico since 1997 after working as an accountant and a wine importer in Canada
Craig Harrison's body was found at a beach in Baja California, Mexico, on Saturday. The 65-year-old was stabbed in the chest. He had been living in Mexico since 1997 after working as an accountant and a wine importer in Canada
Their deaths come as the body of another man was found on a beach at the southern end of the Baja Peninsula on Saturday evening. 
Craig Harrison, 65, was found dead on the beach in Cabo Pulmo with stab wounds, said the Baja California Sur state prosecutor's office. 
An autopsy revealed he had been stabbed in the chest and was wearing a backpack filled with rocks before ending up in the ocean. 
Harrison, a citizen of South Africa and Canada who settled in Mexico, had been missing since August 29. 
According to his real estate website, Harrison settled in Cabo San Lucas in 1997 after working as an accountant and a wine importer in Canada.
He ran a vacation rental business in Cabo.
Kathy Harvey (pictured) was found dead in a well in Mexico over the weekend. She was reported missing while vacationing near El Socorrito, south of San Quintin, about 200 miles south of the United States-Mexican border
Kathy Harvey (pictured) was found dead in a well in Mexico over the weekend. She was reported missing while vacationing near El Socorrito, south of San Quintin, about 200 miles south of the United States-Mexican border

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