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Family Of Missing Westchester Man Seeks Help From President Obama

Harry Devert's wants the president to bring up the man's disappearance during a Wednesday meeting with Mexico's president.
Harry Devert's wants the president to bring up the man's disappearance during a Wednesday meeting with Mexico's president. Photo Credit: Filed

PELHAM, N.Y. -- The family of missing Pelham native Harry Devert has reached out to President Barack Obama for aid in the search.

According to a report on CNN, Obama is visiting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Toluca, Mexico -- 45 minutes from Morella, Michaocan, where Devert was last seen before the 1999 Pelham High School graduate's disappearance three weeks ago.

"We want him to look into this case and help us out," said family spokeswoman Jackie Burrell.

The family has filed a formal petition via the White House website, which needs 100,000 signatures to be reviewed by the Obama administration. Thus far, it has received approximately 1,500.

According to Burrell, though little has been uncovered in the case, emails and information on the search group's Facebook page have led them to believe Harry was kidnapped.

"We're pretty positive that is the case," she said.

As the month mark of Devert's Jan. 25 disappearance edges nearer, Burrell said his mother, New Rochelle resident Ann Devert, is in poor mental condition.

"She is devastated, as any mother would be. We're trying to feed her and make sure she rests. We're all trying to help her get through this," she said.

A fund-raising page has been set up for the search for Harry via YouCaring.com. It has raised approximately $4,500. Burrell would not say how the funds would be used.

Read the full report by CNN here.