(FOX 46 WJZY) - An eighth grade Spanish teacher went missing while traveling through Mexico, according to his family.
A Facebook page established to share information about the missing man, Patrick Braxton-Andrew, states that he was last heard from on Sunday, Oct. 28 via text message. He was supposed to meet his brother in Mexico City the afternoon of Tuesday, Oct. 30, but he never arrived.
The owner of the hotel where Patrick was known to be staying told the family Patrick went for a walk around 4:00 p.m. in the area around Urique on Sunday and never returned. An unknown source also told the family that they had seen him walking near a ranch on Sunday afternoon.
Patrick's parents were informed that locals were searching for him after it was discovered that he was missing, and local police joined the effort Wednesday.
The search continued Thursday with a strong local effort in and around Urique. The family says 20 to 50 locals joined in the search. They are reportedly checking trails in the local area, as it is believed that Patrick was either injured or got lost while hiking.
Patrick is 6'1", weighing about 165 lbs. He attended Davidson College and studied English. After college, he continued to tutor and mentor professionally, also working as a study abroad assistant director for Davidson and as a teacher Woodlawn School.
His love of teaching led him to open his own tutoring company called PBA Ventures, LLC, as well as Pato Adventures to be able to share his love of traveling with children.
Patrick's brother met with the US Embassy in Mexico City on Wednesday, and family says they are reaching out to the US Consulate General and the US citizen Services in Juárez. Anyone with possible information is asked to call (980) 689-0939.