Missing US Yoga Teacher Found Dead in Mexico

Hari Simran Singh Khalsa apparently got lost on hike
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2015 4:13 PM CST
Missing US Yoga Teacher Found Dead in Mexico
This Dec. 30 image released by Ad Purkh Kaur, the wife of Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, shows the last photo he sent her while on a hike.   (AP Photo/Courtesy of Ad Purkh Kaur)

(Newser) – A 25-year-old American yoga teacher who apparently got lost while hiking has been found dead in the rugged mountains near Tepoztlan in central Mexico, reports NBC News. Hari Simran Singh Khalsa, a Brooklyn native who lived in Virginia, had been missing since Dec. 30. He and his wife were in Mexico for a yoga retreat, and he set off on a solo hike that day. He sent her a smiling selfie with the note, "Looking down on you!" from one summit, and later wrote that he had "accidentally summited another mountain." He added: "Looks like I'll be a little later coming back. Save me some lunch if you can."

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A later text to a friend noted by Gawker had a more ominous tone: "I'm on top of a really high mountain in Mexico and I'm not exactly sure how to get down." That was his last communication. Wife Ad Purkh Kaur says her husband had little experience hiking in such terrain. He had been wearing only a T-shirt and shorts, and hadn't brought much water or food. A search team found his body today not too far from the spot where he took the selfie, reports AP. The cause of death hasn't been determined. (Read more missing person stories.)

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