Sunday, November 4, 2018

US Citizen Missing in Chihuahua

Posted by Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Charlotte Observer and Uno TV.com

  

     A Teacher, a Davidson Grad, went on a walk in Mexico. He hasn’t been heard from since.


A 34-year-old Davidson College graduate who teaches Spanish at the private Woodlawn School in Mooresville went missing while on a walk or hike in Mexico on Sunday afternoon, the college posted in an alumni alert on Wednesday.

Authorities are searching  for  Patrick in rancherías, streams, rivers, conurbadas zones and highway stretches. 

The Attorney General of the State of Chihuahua implements a search operation to locate the American tourist , Patrick Braxton-Andrew , who was last seen on Saturday October 27 when he left his hotel in the town of Urique .

According to the investigation, the American citizen went out to visit the Guadalupe Coronado region , which is about 7 kilometers away. The next day he told them that he planned to visit the place known as Guapalayna , which is located down the Urique River .

However, it arrived on Monday (the day Patrick had said that he would leave the hotel) and the staff  went to his room, but he was not there but some of his things were, so on Tuesday Oct. 30 they presented the corresponding report.

The search operation is extended to:

Communities: La Laja, El Potrero, Los Alisos and La Cabriza
Localities known as: "El Naranjo", "La Cañita", "El Guayabo", "Chiltepín" and "Guapalayna"
As well as in rancherias, streams, rivers, conurbadas zones and road sections

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Patrick Braxton-Andrew, Class of 2006, was supposed to meet his brother, Kerry, in Mexico City on Tuesday, according to a message from their father that the college posted on its alumni Facebook page.

Braxton-Andrew “is fluent in Spanish and has traveled abroad in Central America regularly,” Eileen Keeley, Davidson’s vice president for college relations, said in the alert. “We are working to mobilize any resources we have in the Davidson family to help (Braxton-Andrew’s family) find him.” 

Family and friends fear Braxton-Andrew was hurt while walking or hiking near Urique, family friend Nancy Slagle told The Charlotte Observer in a phone interview Wednesday night. Slagle is collecting the names of any contacts Davidson alumni might have in Mexico who could help in the search.

State and local authorities in Mexico are expanding their search to nearby towns, according to an update posted Friday morning on a Facebook page started by Braxton-Andrew’s family and friends.


Family and friends started the page to share information and updates,  but ask that anyone with information email:   findpba@gmail.com  or call 980-689-0939.

In his message on the college’s alumni Facebook page, Gary Andrew said he and his wife last texted with their son at 3:51 p.m. Sunday.

“We have been able to determine that he went missing Sunday afternoon while on a walk (he left about 4 p.m.) in the area around Urique,” Gary Andrew posted. “The hotel owner said he never returned from his walk. Someone had seen him walking near a ranch on Sunday afternoon.

Braxton-Andrew’s brother talked with the U.S. embassy in Mexico City Tuesday night and was scheduled to meet with embassy officials on Wednesday, their father said in his post.

“We’re also going to reach out to the U.S. Consulate General and the U.S. Citizen Services in Ciudad, Juárez,” Gary Andrew posted.

60 comments:

  1. He is done, sad to say it. People still ignoring the WARNINGS

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    1. ONE out of MILLIONS of Americans that travel in Mexico every year and this is reason for them not to go there???

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    2. 10:59
      very cold hearted

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    3. 9:19 not cold hearted. Harsh perhaps but true!
      @ 6:20 is simply stirring panic!

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    4. There's a reason the U.S. State Department has a blanket warning to U.S. citizens about thinking twice before traveling to Mexico. They also make these stronger warnings:
      Do not travel to:
      Colima state due to crime.
      Guerrero state due to crime.
      Michoacán state due to crime.
      Sinaloa state due to crime.
      Tamaulipas state due to crime.

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  2. the mexican police probably murdered him... lets be real

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  3. What the hell could have happened to a teacher just out going for a walk??

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    1. He probably skipped town with one of his students and is holed up in a fleabag motel spun out...

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  4. Thats it hes probably dead already how can mexico allow this to happen to innocent lives

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    1. How can Mexico allow what???i wouldnt Walk in a neighborhood im not familiar with or from here in the US....what makes someone do it in a country they're not from???

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    2. The same way the US allows school shootings.
      Students are innocent live arent they?

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    3. Yes... Let's compare a lawless country where murderers are not punished, to an event that doesnt happen all the time and when it does, it is by people with mental illnesses with access to a gun.

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  5. Someone thought they were gonna play neutral spy. If you are not Mexican do not risk your life for any agency. Things on the ground is not like in the movies. In real life many are being massacred in ways that can never be filmed for the American public to grasp lest you see it on obscure websites that don’t hold back on censorship. - Sol Prendido

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    1. Always the paranoid.Facevalue,obviously he enjoyed Mexico and wanted to see its beauty first hand.Most likely killed by the unlimited supply of spineless murderers who kill any defenseless people just for fun. Run like cucarachas when the Marinas show up. Just cowards

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    2. But Sol, I've walked all over as a white female and nothing ever happened to me. Only in east Dayton, OH and an area in Los Angeles did I ever feel creeper out/unsafe.

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    3. Sol, what do you think he was doing? Spying for someone? I don't know what might have happened to that poor guy.

      As a female, I walked all over up until the early 2000s and was never bothered. I wouldn't try it now, though.

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    4. @8:43 Me being cynical about everything I’d say he was spying. Perhaps a shady business dealer. That’s the first thing that comes to mind. I personally wouldn’t go through certain neighborhoods if someone can’t vouch for me. My intuition wouldn’t allow it. This gentleman just sticks out like a sore thumb too much. Hopefully we’ll find out more about what all transpired. - Sol Prendido

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    5. Sol, I've come to enjoy your posts.

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    6. Well thanks 4:47. Please don’t think of me as all knowing though. - Sol Prendido

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    7. @8:35, A white Female that was in Dayton, LA, and Mexico. La Fanilia?

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    8. Sol you have no idea what your talking about

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    9. @3:51 “College graduate out of Moorseville”. Everyone knows the Eastern seaboard is known for its agencies. These agencies haven’t stopped tapping the shoulders of all graduates for foreign work. Words like: Help America, Be A Patriot and so on haven’t changed much over the years. - Sol Prendido

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    10. 8:47 that seems highly unlikely in this situation. Anyone working for an agency in the US or a paid informant would not likely work as a full time teacher in the states and then drop that to go get intel. Paid informants and agents are also chipped most of the time before they go to mex, which is why many clandestine graves have been found when they go missing. The fact that hes also not Mexican seems unlikely he would show up their for that purpose not fitting in as a local.

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    11. 116, travel for work and try to stay fit by walking or gym....

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    12. @10:23 We all moonlight. - Sol Prendido

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  6. I hope he returns alive but walking/hiking in mexico is more secure if you dont speak spanish and not beeing an american.

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  7. Cjng dreamers b like: "mencho taking over all the plazas"...

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    1. Well, it's true. They taking them from cds. Am I wrong?

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    2. first dreamer at 6:16 but hey nobody says this: CDS people are jumping sides for whatever reason,change their name so its NOT CJNG actually taking the plaza all they is receive hoppers in...

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  8. He was doing business with the wrong cartel. Gente del tigre 015 took his life. RIP

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    1. Jajaja. El muletas se entregó hoy solito por miedo que tenia. Gente del tigre adiós 👋🏼. Cuando el Patrón se entrega solito por miedo a los rivales. Ya se les acabo el corrido

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  9. I am American and live in Chihuahua. I know better than to put one foot in Urique. I would love to go there but that is not even an option for me. Not a safe place at all.

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    1. Primarily weed growing area w few outsiders. Imagine it's got plenty of cartel operators lurking.

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    2. 2:46 There are many places like Urique that you do not enter being an outsider weather you are Mexican or American. People that live here know that. You do not go into Madera or Botapillas and many other pueblos without knowing someone that lives there. It is an absolute rule here. It is the way it is and everyone knows that. You do not walk into land that you do not know because just over the hill are there drug plots. I have been in tourist areas in Chihuahua where people say do not stop on the roads in certain areas and do not walk off into the mountains. There are grows everywhere. I do not like to go into many areas even with people that live in a lot pueblos.

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    3. @8:14 is on point

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  10. He probably was smokih weed ot was caugth with a minimum dose og a drug( coke)
    Spcially in Chihuahua the things are fckd-up

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  11. White people think they are untouchable walking around in Mexico.

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    1. He speaks fluent Spanish and could easily pass for Mexican if he wanted too. I have met tons of light skinned or 'white' Mexican's during my time living and traveling in Mex. His skin color has nothing to do with it.

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    2. Sure we do. We have the perspective that if you mind your own business and want to take a walk, you have a reasonable expectation of coming back alive.

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    3. Speaking fluent Spanish is different than speaking local Spanish. Locals can tell you're an outsider the second you open your mouth. That goes for any culture.

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    4. The point of my post was to point out the fact he was knowledgeable of the language and could assimilate in the country. Obviously locals know when someone is visiting and is not from their town Captain obvious

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    5. James Brown that is a very true statement. Very very true. - Sol Prendido

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    6. Actually Sol Prendido it's more like common sense. You live in the states

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    7. I don’t necessarily believe James Brown’s Statement is entirely true. You don’t have to open your mouth for locals to know you’re not from around. The way you dress, body language the way you walk sets you apart from a mile away.

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    8. I now people that have studied Spanish in Colleges in the USA that can actually speak the dialects and slang in many areas in Mexico. They can fit right in, in many areas throughout Mexico. A Mormon missionary can learn good enough Spanish in 6 weeks of intense classes. A person in college is not just learning Spanish. They are learning dialects, writing and more. Most can probably spell better in Spanish than most native born Spanish speakers. Like my wife says in Mexico City that when they talk it sounds like they are singing the words.

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  12. It makes headlines when a US citizen is missing but not the millions of Mexicans missing in Mexico

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    1. Tell the Mexican news papers to publish your missing then. The issue is both these governments think the other is to blame for everything. United States has a consumption issue, and Mexico is just fucked.

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    2. A lot of those Mexicans are not reported missing...

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    3. The USA does seem to care more Bout her citizens than Mexico does

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  13. He probably walked up on something he wasn't supposed to see. Out for a walk in one of the most dangerous areas in the world, definitely not someone cued in with the real world. Sad, but don't walk through a jungle full of lions.

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  14. Since his Spanish was close enough to be a teacher, but maybe not with perfect slang he should have known he would be killed for daring to walk in Mexico?....smh

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  15. Claiming the guy is a spy, a spook, a fed, a narco is bull. I a white American traveled with my Mexican girlfriend from Chihuahua to Creel and then to Batopilas some years ago, upon arrival in Batopilas there were very young men dressed in patchless and badgeless black uniforms with automatic weapons. Also are hotel room was ransacked while out with a guide, my wad of pesos was left on the bed, not a bill missing. People down there are paranoid and think outsiders are opposing cartel or worse US agents. That area is CDS. anyways some paranoid tweakers probably killed him sadly.

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    1. sadly in those “ some years” things have changed drastically, esp in that area as well as many others

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  16. Mexico is no longer safe for any tourist no matter what anyone says. Look at what is happening in Cancun and Playa del Carmen.
    Its too bad the crazed cartel killers are lurking everywhere.

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  17. He is more likely being held for ransom. But more data shows, they still kill them, even after collecting ransom money.

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  18. a lot of kids with guns over there acting like hot shots. They probably saw a white person and assumed he had money (even if he spoke Spanish).

    To most people in mex, especially the ones that have never crossed to the U.S, anyone that crosses over to Mex from the US is automatically rich and can pay thousands in ransom.

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  19. Im a Davidson grad and a longtime BB reader. I know that the BB community is far reaching and just wanted to put it out there if anyone may know anyone in Urique or have any ideas it would be much appreciated. We are a tight knit community and want to do anything and everything to try to get him back.

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    1. Thank you, this is the very reason I posted this........hoping to of some help , any kind of help. I read about it first in Mexican media, found more details with the almighty Google. I hope , wish, and pray this man is found alive.

      I have to disagree w Sol’s theory about him being a spy. I have run into plenty, am no expert but they usually stick out like sore thumbs to me, military types etc. Might smoke moat but hang out in bars w like minded ex-pats. Kidknapped maybe , yes, but probably wandered into the wrong place at the wrong time.

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    2. Yaquu you know, if no ransom is made, then we can surmise, that he is gone, just like the 3 Italians, have never been found.

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