Remains in Mexico ID'd as N.Y. man

Human remains found near a popular Mexican Pacific Coast resort were identified as a New York man who went missing while on a motorcycle trip to the World Cup in Brazil.

Darren Del Sardo, an attorney for the family of Harry Devert, 33, told USA TODAY Saturday that Mexican government officials informed the family that genetic testing on the decomposed remains was a near 100% match for the Pelham, N.Y., stock trader. He was last heard from Jan. 25.

Jose Villanueva, a spokesman for the Mexican state of Guerrero, told the Associated Press that state prosecutors had turned the case over to federal prosecutors, suggesting that organized crime may have played a role in the death, the AP reported.

Mexican authorities discovered the remains earlier this month near the popular fishing and beach town of Zihuatanejo. A motorcycle resembling Devert's was found with the remains.

Del Sardo said the body had been dismembered, stashed in large garbage bags and buried in a shallow grave, along with Devert's belongings.

"I can't imagine that it would have resulted from anything other than drug cartel activity,'' Del Sardo said. "While the family is mourning the loss of a great individual, they hope that whoever is responsible for this will be brought to justice.''


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