PELHAM, N.Y. -- The friends and family of Pelham High School graduate Harry Devert, who has been missing in Mexico since January, will hold a $60-a-plate fundraiser that hopes to aid in the search for him, according to LoHud.com
The event is open to the public and will be held at Beckwith Pointe, in New Rochelle, on Thursday at 7 p.m. More than 60 local businesses have donated prizes for an auction and raffle, according to the article.
Devert, a self-proclaimed adventurer who circumnavigated the globe over the course of five years, last sent a text to his girlfriend on Jan. 25 before entering a dangerous part of Mexico known for violence in the country's current drug wars.
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.