Photo: Harry Devert
DNA tests confirmed that remains found earlier this week in the southern state of Guerrero correspond to a French citizen who was reported missing in February, Mexican authorities said Friday.
Harry Devert, 32, disappeared in the western Mexican state of Michoacan while traveling from the United States to Brazil by motorcycle.
“The discovery of this gentleman took place a few days ago, today, unfortunately, we can confirm that it is him (Devert),” Guerrero state Attorney General Iñaky Blanco told reporters in the Pacific resort city of Acapulco.
Plastic bags containing body parts were found along with the wreckage of a motorcycle on a road near the coastal city of Zihuatanejo, northwest of Acapulco, the attorney general said.
Devert disappeared in January in Michoacan, which borders Guerrero.
Joel Moreno Rojas, a resident of Zitacuaro, Michoacan, went to authorities on Feb. 5 to report Devert missing.
Moreno told police he had not heard anything from Devert since the motorcyclist left Zitacuaro on Jan. 25, headed for Zihuatanejo.
The Frenchman’s girlfriend, Sarah, received a text message from Devert on Jan. 25 saying that he had been “escorted” for 90 minutes through an area “that was too dangerous for me.”
“Apparently, there is another military escort waiting for me in another city ... I am being delayed by all these crazy things of the soldiers ... I hope to have a chance to speak with you guys tonight when (with luck), I finally get there,” Devert said in his text message.
Michoacan and Guerrero are among the most dangerous regions in Mexico due to the presence of rival criminal outfits battling for control of drug trafficking and other lucrative rackets.