Published Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 | 1:44 p.m.
Updated Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 | 1:44 p.m.
MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities are investigating the disappearance of a U.S. man traveling across Latin America by motorcycle who went missing after visiting a friend in Mexico's western state of Michoacan, where rural vigilantes are battling a cult-like drug cartel.
Michoacan state prosecutors' spokeswoman Magdalena Guzman Rosas says officials began investigating Harry Devert's disappearance Wednesday, when a Mexican friend reported him missing.
Guzman said Monday that Devert arrived at the friend's home in Zitacuaro on Jan. 22 and spent three days there. She says the friend told investigators that Devert left on Jan. 25, saying he was headed to the Pacific resort city of Zihuatanejo.
Devert wrote earlier about the planned trip on his blog, "A New Yorker Travels," saying he hoped to go to Brazil for the World Cup.