Tuesday, July 15, 2014

México: Update--Authorities Believe Human Remains Found Next to Kawasaki Belong to Harry Devert

According to USA Today, New Yorker Harry Devert, 32, the wrecked Kawasaki motorcycle that the New Rochelle resident rode into México six months earlier has reportedly confirmed that the Kawasaki belonged to Divert.

Three days later, Harry's Mom, Ann Devert, flew down to Guerrero.

Along with the motorcycle, Mexican officials found a pair of bags containing human remains believed to be those of Harry Devert in a shallow grave in Guerrero. Authorities are conducting DNA tests in an effort to definitively identify them, a process that could take as long as two months, the family's lawyer, Darren Del Sardo, said. 

Del Sardo said Ann Devert arrived in México on Sunday night (July 13).  

COMMENT: Having daughters much older than Harry Devert, I can only imagine the emotional roller coaster that Mrs. Devert has been on.

I have so often attempted to tell people who don't know México just how dangerous the country is. Sadly, it must be experienced to really, really know. When that happens, it is often too late.

Harry Devert grew up in New Rochelle, graduated from high school in 1999 and traveled the world in search of new experiences. 

On his latest sojourn, the 32-year-old planned to motorcycle through México and Central America to Brazil in time for the just-completed World Cup.

Now, a tragic reality check. 

Knowing México as well as I do, having worked there for a number of years, I have always DISCOURAGED foreign travelers from visiting the country on any two-wheeled vehicle, motorized or NOT, simply because of the inherent risks of being robbed and/or killed.

If I had only been able to dissuade Harry from his plan, he might still be alive to continue to enjoy life. Yet, down deep, that is simply wishful thinking.

Harry's route took him through areas long-troubled by violent drug cartels and their vigilante adversaries. The last anyone heard from him was a series of texts he sent to his girlfriend on January 25, telling her he had just been escorted "out of an area it was too dangerous for me to be in."

Since Harry's last communication on January 25, friends, family members and neighbors have been poring through tips, reported sightings and false leads, raising awareness through Facebook pages devoted to the young adventurer, organizing searches in México and praying for a happy outcome.

Unfortunately, more often than not, bad things happen frequently to good, well-intentioned people, albeit naive. 

This report will be updated as new information about Harry becomes available.