Brooklyn native vanishes during hiking trip in Mexico

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[UPDATE] 4:15 P.M. 01/02/15

Brooklyn native found dead after vanishing during hike in Mexican mountains

WASHINGTON (PIX11/AP) — A Brooklyn man working as a yoga teacher in Northern Virginia has been missing for four days after he went on a hike in the Tepozteco Mountains of Mexico, officials say.

Carlos Mandujano, a civil defense coordinator in the central Mexican state of Morelos, said Friday that the search for 25-year-old Hari Simran Singh Khalsa began when he went missing Tuesday, and now includes 150 searchers.

On the web page FindHariSimran.com, relatives said he was dressed in only a T-shirt and tan shorts. He had with him only a bottle of water, a handful of trail mix and a sharp knife.

Khalsa’s wife, Ad Purkh Kaur, says her husband is a yoga instructor born and raised in Brooklyn. They now live in Leesburg, Virginia.

Kaur, whose legal name is Emily Smith, says she and her husband went to Tepoztlan, about an hour south of Mexico City, for a yoga retreat.

Kaur says her husband went for a day hike wearing only a T-shirt and shorts, and had little food and water.

She last heard from him that afternoon, in a text saying he accidentally summited a mountain and would be later than expected.