Local Teacher Missing In Mexico Now Believed To Be Dead
Missing teacher Patrick Braxton-Andrew died on October 28th at the hands of a criminal organization that operates in the area where he was traveling, according to a Facebook post.
Braxton-Andrew has been missing since he went for a walk in a remote area, near a canyon, in Mexico one week ago.
The search continues to recover his body, according to the Facebook post.
Original Story (Posted November 4, 2018):
DAVIDSON, N.C. – We’re learning more about a teacher from Davidson who disappeared in Mexico.
No one has seen Patrick Braxton-Andrew since he went for a walk in a remote area, near a canyon, one week ago.
“We just want him to be safe and come back home,” says friend and Charlotte City Council member Braxton Winston.
Winston is thinking about his friend and classmate from Davidson College.
Right now, crews are searching for Braxton-Andrew in a remote area of northern Mexico.
“It was very disconcerting when I saw a couple of days ago that his family and friends were pretty concerned about him,” Winston says.
On Facebook, Braxton-Andrew’s family says the missing man flew to Mexico October 24th, then took buses and trains to Urique, near Copper Canyon. That’s about 500 miles southwest of El Paso, Texas.
A hotel owner says he left for a walk around 4:00 last Sunday afternoon and never returned.
Search crews are looking at the possibility he got lost or injured while hiking.
“I’m hoping that, you know, it’s just something weird that’s going on. You know, like you said, maybe he got lost. Maybe he’s just, you know, life is tough. Maybe he just wanted to walk and figure some things out,” Winston says.
Braxton-Andrew teaches Spanish at the private Woodlawn School in Mooresville.
He also attended North Mecklenburg High School.
Winston calls him a well-liked guy, who is passionate about teaching.
“He loves the school that he’s at, he loves the ability to kind of talk to the next generation,” Winston says.
He and others hoping he’s found safe.
“There’s a whole Davidson community that wants him to come home. There’s a family that wants him to come home. And there’s a school community that wants him to come home,” Winston says.