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New Yorker Missing In Mexico

The family of a New York man who went missing two weeks ago while traveling through Central and South America on motorcycle is reaching out for help finding him.

Harry Devert was 44 days into a motorcycle trip when he last contacted his girlfriend on January 25, according to CNN. Upon leaving a bed and breakfast in the southwest Mexican state of Michoacan he texted her that he needed a military escort due to the danger of road travel in the area.

"Just got an hour and a half long escort out of some area it was too dangerous for me to be," the message read. "... 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."

Devert, an experienced traveler who has spent five years traveling the globe, hasn't been heard from since leaving Michoacan. He was on his way to the Mexican state of Zihuatanejo to see the beach where the final scene of The Shawshank Redemption was filmed.

A Facebook page dedicated to gathering information on Devert has been set up.

Even if you aren't traveling through a particularly hazardous area, safety and planning are paramount while on a road trip, especially if you're abroad. Follow these tips to stay out of harm's way:

There is power in numbers. Avoid solo travel as much as possible. A crowd can deter car jackers, scam artists and highwaymen along your way. If you're traveling by yourself, make sure to have a reliable connection to a friend or family member.

Obey the laws. You don't want to avoid the criminals just to run into a crooked cop or an antiquated legal system. Know the laws where you're traveling and followed them to the letter. Dangerous countries often have over-burdened courts, which lead to long judicial processes. If you are abroad and are arrested, make your one phone call to the U.S. Embassy.

Plan an itinerary, and then stick to it. Part of the joy of travel is the chance to wander new paths. If you're in a dangerous area, however, it's best to suppress your adventurous side and make a beeline straight to your destination. A friend or family member should already know where you're going and when you're supposed to arrive. Make sure to have an emergency strategy in place in case you don't make it to a planned destination.

Have someone at home backing you up. If you fail to make it to a check-in point, have a designated person start calling hospitals, police stations and the closest Embassy alerting them to be on the look out. This person should have a recent photo of you and all your measurements and medical information.

Be travel-wise. Don't just wander into another country and start knocking about. Do the research and know the lay of the land. Which places are dangerous and should be avoided? What are scams and hazardous situations to be aware of? Make sure to be well-versed in the current traveler's warnings and alerts issued by the State Department and always listen to your instincts.



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      llamammama2
      • 1 Year Ago
      wow, what a cutie. if i find him, i'm keeping him for myself!
      supermolar
      • 1 Year Ago
      riding through Mexico?-One less idiot in the world
      flysalot2
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just Googled "Michoacán" and pulled up pictures. Wow!!!!! Don't go there unless you have a strong stomach. That guy or anyone else is nuts to go down there. I would rather base jump off a 1,500 foot cliff with a parachute packed three months ago by a drunk than go to Michoacán. And I have never parachuted.
      docush9
      • 1 Year Ago
      some just have to learn the hard way
      Paul
      • 1 Year Ago
      So like when are you fool AMERICANS going to realize your are A: UNWELCOME outside of the OSA(obamba state of america), B: all other countries want is your bucks. when thats goen, your useless. C: Other countries no longer RESPECT and FEAR this weak, sorry 3 rate bananna re-puke of a country.
      rbjrjr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well - the gene pool just got a little smaller and sadly the human race is better for it. At what point when the army tells you that you need an escort do you conclude that perhaps you should head the other direction? A happy smile and good intentions won't take you anywhere in a dangerous place.
        Bernie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rbjrjr
        right on…. it’s unfathomable that all he could think to do was to “complain” about being “way late” because of the military escorts…… some people just don’t get it!
          rpthe1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bernie
          that "escort" is probably who got/has him
      VIPRLARES
      • 1 Year Ago
      It’s very sad that this man is missing. But who in their right mind would travel alone to countries that are known for kidnapping or killing foreign people. I pray they find him alive.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @VIPRLARES
        well said
      • 1 Year Ago
      People, I hope he is found safe and alive but when I hear of these trips people take like hiking near or on the fringe of Iran or helping in North Korea one question comes to mind. Are you stupid?? OMG, help here in America. How much more information do we need to hear about dangerous areas. I have travelled to areas of question but never in such times as these. I pray for his safe return. Come on.....
      wordsteven
      • 1 Year Ago
      I used to race MC's in Mexico, no more. Hope for the best.....But..... the beach scene was actually filmed in Tahiti not Mexico. Maybe a little research next time if there is a next time. Sorry.
        Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wordsteven
        Tahiti? No, sorry, try St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands.
      msmith6791
      • 1 Year Ago
      How many times have we read articles like this. Why, oh WHY do people think this is a good idea to leave the USA and go traveling through south America? Geesh. Just travel around the US. Sorry for this man.
      dracura94
      • 1 Year Ago
      The drug people think of killing people the same way normal people (American or Mexican) feel about pruning a branch; it just sorta depends on the mood you're in or a particular feeling. In reality, the primary qualification necessary to be a cartel soldier is total lack of empathy - sociopathy. In essence drug soldiers are serial murderers with team mates who serve a leader. SO if you saw a guy slap a girl in Tijuana restaurant and looked at him, you might find yourself leaving the men's room with a 6" gash through you liver and kidney. For me a trip to Mexico is not nearly as safe as playing Russian roulette with a derringer. Maybe I'm nuts but I am never without my .45
      reformtxcs
      • 1 Year Ago
      The most disturbing part of this story is how the United States can have 11 million+ illegals in our country to whom we subsidize with housing, welfare, education, and lets not forget employment, yet one single American is not safe in their country. I can appreciate not all illegals are of Mexican decent but the masses certainly are. I'm growing tired of treating them far better than they treat us. No good deed goes unpunished.....but will we ever learn from the philosophy of doing the same thing the same way and expecting a different result......
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