Family and friends of Harry Devert, the world-traveler who grew up in Pelham and has gone missing in Mexico, are petitioning the White House for help in finding the 32-year-old.
The petition, found here on the White House website, describes Devert and asks the president directly for assistance. “We the People” petitions on the White House site must earn 100,000 signatures within 30 days of posting in order to warrant a response from the administration. As of Tuesday evening, the Devert petition had 1,563 signatures. The deadline to reach 100,000 is March 18.
Devert, who was traveling through Latin America on his motorcycle, was last heard from Jan. 25, when he exchanged a series of texts with a friend. He was apparently awaiting a military escort through a perilous region of the country rife with drug traffickers and vigilantes. The State Department, the FBI, members of Congress, Mexican Authorities and teams of volunteers are involved in the search. A Facebook page, Help Find Harry, has gathered more than 22,000 likes.
According to the petition, Devert’s cell phone is inactive and there have been no recent transactions made with his debit card.