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Mexico says body found is that of US motorcyclist

Updated Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 6:51 p.m.

ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities say genetic testing has confirmed that a body found near a Pacific Coast beach town is that of a New York man who vanished while riding his motorcycle to Brazil for the World Cup.

The spokesman for the Guerrero state government says tests identified the decomposed body as that of Harry Devert, a 32-year-old stock trader from Pelham, New York.

Jose Villanueva said Thursday that state prosecutors have turned the case over to federal prosecutors. That suggests organized crime may have played a role in his death, since such crimes are federal offenses.

Devert told a friend on Jan. 25 that he was leaving the state of Michoacan to head for Zihuatanejo on the coast. That path runs through an area troubled by drug-related violence.