Sunday, July 13, 2014

México: Remains Believed to Be Missing US Citizen Harry Devert, 32, Found in State of Guerreo

According to The Associated Press, US authorities are working with their Mexican counterparts  to determine whether a body found near a Pacific Coast beach town is that of a New York man who vanished while riding his motorcycle to Brazil for the World Cup.

US Embassy spokesman Mark Johnson said Sunday (July 13) both governments were working together to identify the remains, which police found Thursday (July 10) along a road leading to Playa La Majahua in the state of Guerrero.

The remains, which were in an advanced state of decomposition, were taken to Zihuatenejo for genetic testing.

Near the body, police found a motorcycle that was the same model owned by US citizen Harry Devert, a 32-year-old stock trader who hoped to ride to South America to meet friends for the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

The state attorney general's office said investigators have yet to confirm whether it is Mr. Devert's motorcycle. 

COMMENT: I have DISCOURAGED over the years that foreigners of all nationalities avoid transiting México, Central America and South America, largely because of the frequency with which those traveling on both two-wheeled motorized and un-motorized vehicles often encounter foul play en-route.

In February 2012, the below travel warning link warned US citizens of travel to and through the Mexican state of Guerrero:

Tragically, far too many foreign travelers fail to heed gratuitous advice.

Authorities also said they recovered a bag nearby containing 10 packets of what appeared to be marijuana and cocaine.

Devert, of Pelham, NY, was last heard from on January 25, when he told a friend he was leaving the state of Michoacan to head for Zihuatenejo. That path would have taken Devert through a very troubled state, Guerrero, known for drug-related violence.

Zihuatenejo is roughly 16 miles (27 kilometers) southeast of where the body and motorcycle were found.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.