A Batavia native has been missing in Ecuador for more than a week and his family and friends are hoping for any help they can get in locating him.
Travis Joseph Sackett, a 2003 graduate of Batavia High School, went for a day hike to the Imbabura Volcano on Sunday, Feb. 21.
He was reported missing when he failed to show up for work the next day.
Sackett was living at a farm in Quito, where he worked for free room and board.
His lifelong friend, Jennifer Ko, also formerly of Batavia, said Sackett was in between missions after a stint with the Peace Corps.
He is the son of Scott and Lucy Sackett of Batavia.
“His mom texted me last night,” Ko, now of New Jersey, said Tuesday. “She said he had been missing now for more than a week. We feel so helpless since we are so far from Ecuador, powerless to do anything.”
The hike is not considered overly dangerous. Sackett was alone, Ko said.
“Anytime you travel alone there are always elements of danger,” she said. “Travis has always been very adventurous. He has a huge heart and a passion for Latin America.”
A search party scoured the area Thursday and another search party was scheduled for today.
Sackett’s parents are offering a $2,000 reward for any information that leads to their son.
A missing person report was filed with Ecuador police and family and friends have been in contact with the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador.
A gofundme account also has been established, raising $3,450 of a $1,000 goal to help Sackett’s family with any expenses they may incur.
“For those of you who do not know Travis personally, he is known for his love of hiking and traveling the world,” his friend Cassie Toulet-Crump wrote on the page. “Travis served for several years as a volunteer in both AmeriCorps and the PeaceCorps in Peru and Guatemala, and is continuing his volunteer work in Ecuador. Travis is a joy to be around and he is truly one of a kind and a great friend. We are desperately working to find him and would appreciate any contribution to help during this time.”
Family has also been in contact with Rep. Chris Jacobs’ office.
The gofundme account can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/reward-to-help-find-travis.