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The governor of a northern Mexico state where a North Carolina man was slain last month said the alleged perpetrator will pay dearly for the crime.
Chihuahua state Govornor Javier Corral said Sunday that Patrick Braxton-Andrew is believed to have been killed by a drug trafficker named Jose Noriel Portillo Gil, known as ‘El Chueco’ while walking in the Copper Canyons.
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Corral said federal police are on the hunt for Portillo Gil, who is part of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Corral said the 34-year-old Spanish teacher's body had been buried, and then exhumed and left in the open by his assailants.
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More than a hundred police and volunteers combed the area for clues after Braxton-Andrew disappeared on October 28.
Corral said sharing the news with the family broke his heart.
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Patrick Braxton-Andrew, 34, was last seen by hotel staff in Urique a former mining village in Mexico's Chihuahua state, on October 28.
His family reported him missing when he didn't show up in Mexico City to meet his younger brother on October 30 after spending a few days hiking in Chihuahua's Copper Canyon.
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But on Thursday, they revealed that the state government has informed them he was killed by a criminal organization.
In a post on a Facebook page devoted to finding Braxton-Andrew, they said: 'It is with great sadness that we announce that Patrick died on October 28th at the hands of a criminal organization that operates in the area where he was traveling.
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'The search continues to recover his body so we can bring him back home.'
It added that 'authorities are searching for those responsible to bring them to justice.'
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The family added that Braxton-Andrew, who taught Spanish at a school in Mooresville, North Carolina, 'died doing what he loved - traveling and meeting people.'
They added: 'Join us in celebrating...
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