Hari Simran found dead in gorge in Tepoztlan

Sloper who vanished hiking in Mexico found dead

The self-portrait Hari Simran sent his wife from a mountain summit shortly before he lost contact.
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A Park Slope yoga teacher and Sikh activist who disappeared during a solo hike near a yoga retreat in Mexico died, apparently from a head injury suffered when he fell into a gorge, according to his family and friends.

A search team found the body of Hari Simran, 25, on Friday afternoon, more than 72 hours after he left the retreat for a short hike in the mountains above Tepoztlan, a town an hour from Mexico City. His body was just a few hundred feet from the summit he had originally intended to climb, from which he sent a photo of himself to his wife Ad Purkh.

His loved ones said they are devastated by his death.

“This journey has been a testament to the enormous amount of love and goodness he shared with us all during his time on earth,” his family wrote in a message on the website they made to publicize the search. “His last picture said, ‘Looking down on you.’ We know he is an angel in the heavens now looking down on all of us.”

Simran left the retreat with a liter of water, a pocketknife, and a small amount of granola, his father told ABC 7. He sent the first photo from the summit at 12:30 pm, then sent another message at 2:20 pm that read, “I accidentally summited another mountain. Looks like I’ll be a little later coming back :). Save me some lunch if you can,” according to a fund-raiser website.

An hour later, the site said he indicated to a friend that he was lost.

“I’ll get back to you on that. I’m on top of a really high mountain in Mexico and I’m not exactly sure how to get down :)” he wrote, according to the site.

Simran’s friends and family had been frantically trying to supplement the Mexican government’s search with private helicopters and drones, and raised nearly $100,000 online to aid the rescue effort.

His friend Prabhjit Sing said Mexican state rescuers lacked the tools and training to search at night or with helicopters.

Simran was born and lived most of his life in Park Slope. He moved to Virginia a year ago, and ran a yoga center there with his wife, according to a website run by supporters, but he was in the process of moving back to Brooklyn, Singh said. He was also a community organizer with the Sikh Coalition, a Sikh-rights advocacy group.He is survived by his wife, who lives in Sterling, Virginia, and his parents, who live in Park Slope.

Memorials were scheduled to take place on Friday night in Virginia and New Mexico, according to supporters.

Lonely Planet describes Tepoztlan as “a mecca for New Agers who believe the area has a creative energy.”

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Diana Roldan from Tepoztlan says:
We used drones to look inside the cliffs, helicopters, police, paramedics, the whole town was climbing the mountain and bring food to all the volunteers. I can say that the whole town is sad we worked soo hard to find Hari alive. Really sad news for our community in Tepoztlán
Jan. 3, 2015, 11:27 am
Tim from Cobble Hill says:
This is such a sad outcome and difficult news. He was a nice, sweet, patient and good humored kid just like his father.
Jan. 3, 2015, 3:42 pm
Cristina from Park Slope says:
His family lives on the same block as mine and I remember growing up with them just a few doors down. We don't know them all that well, but they were always very friendly. My heart goes out to them, what a tragedy.
Jan. 3, 2015, 6 pm
Bob from Sunset Park says:
So sad. Hiking in the wilderness is no joke, especially summiting a mountain solo. Often the way down is the most dangerous. So sorry for this loss of a high quality person. A seemingly outlier event.
Jan. 3, 2015, 7:30 pm
Michael from Bay Ridge says:
Priest - You might not have such a servere issue with unwanted children if your organization stopped teaching that birth control and abortion are sinful. How odd is that huge numbers Of orphans seem only to be found in Catholic countries....
Jan. 4, 2015, 7:47 am
Me from Bay Ridge says:
How odd is that huge numbers Of orphans seem only to be found in Catholic countries....Like Russian, all of Asia and Africa?...
Jan. 4, 2015, 9:39 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
Could be you find the orphans in an orphanage in Catholic countries.

In Russia, Asia, and Africa you find them on the streets.
Jan. 4, 2015, 3:42 pm

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