PELHAM, N.Y. – The search continues for Harry Devert, the former Pelham resident and self-proclaimed adventurer, who has gone missing while traveling in Mexico.
His family, friends, the U.S. Embassy and Mexican authorities have embarked on a search to track down the world traveler, who was last heard from on Jan. 25 through a text message.
The message briefly touched on the dangers of traveling in certain areas south of the border, which is stricken by drug wars and can be unsafe for both domestic and foreign travelers.
"Just got an hour and a half long escort out of some area it was too dangerous for me to be. Stopping for lunch and ... voila Internet. ... Gonna get back on the road soon. Apparently there's another military escort waiting for me in some other town... I'm running way late because of the crazy military stuff...hopefully get a chance to talk to you tonight when I (hopefully) finally arrive," he wrote.
Through social media, his friends and family have continued their search, which is garnering national attention. A Facebook page has been set up with key information, and an e-mail account has been set up for tips at firstname.lastname@example.org. On Twitter, the hash tag #HelpFindHarry has helped word spread of his disappearance.
Devert, a 32-year-old 1999 Pelham High School graduate, an avid world traveler, has already completed a five-year trip where he circumnavigated the globe. His Instagram account, where he documents many of his adventures, has been dormant since Jan. 22, when he checked in from Uriangato, Mexico.
There has been no activity on Devert’s debit card, and his cell phone is no longer in service. According to reports, his mother, Ann, has filed paperwork for an emergency passport. She is hopeful of traveling to Mexico as soon as Friday, when the paperwork would be filed and completed.
The State Department has warned travelers about the risk of traveling in Mexico, going so far as to create a comprehensive travel guide for tourists. In 2013 alone, 81 American citizens were reported to the department as murder victims.
“U.S. citizens have been the targets of violent crimes, such as kidnapping, carjacking and robbery by Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) in various Mexican states,” they said in a statement. “U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter TCOs, which engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities.”
Devert’s family could not be reached for comment by Daily Voice on Sunday, Feb. 9.