North Carolina teacher missing in Mexico

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NORTH CAROLINA (NBC) – A North Carolina Spanish-language teacher went hiking in a remote area of Mexico last month and has not been seen since.

A desperate search is now underway for 34-year-old Patrick Braxton-Andrew.  

Photos, the last known pictures he took, were taken a little over two weeks ago. 

The North Carolina teacher was last seen in a small Mexican village in the Copper Canyon that is popular with hikers.

“He was last seen leaving his hotel,” said Kerry Braxton-Andrew, Patrick’s brother.

He had plans to meet his brother in Mexico City, but Patrick never showed up. 

“That’s when I started to panic because you know, I know Patrick and I know that he sticks to his plans,” said Kerry.

Most of his belongings were left in his hotel.

“He had his phone with him, he maybe had some small money,” Kerry said.

Their worried parents raced to Mexico. “We really believe Patrick is out there somewhere, we just need to find him,” said his mother, Jean Braxton.

Dozens of local Mexican agents are looking for him by ground and by drone.  

Relatives even created a Facebook page for confidential tips.

“We believe that someone knows something but I think there’s a lot of fear in the town, so people have been very hesitant to come forward,” said Kerry.

“He’s an experienced traveler, it’s not unusual for him to travel by himself,” said dad, Gary Andrew.

His Instagram page — proof of his international adventures. Meanwhile, Patrick’s family still hope he somehow hears their message.

“We’re not going to give up, we are going to find you and we’re going to bring you home and we love you very much,” said Gary.

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