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Hugo Castro Returns To San Diego, Recovering From Injuries

Matthew Bowler
Hugo Castro, San Diego activist, volunteers to help Haitian refugees in Mexico, March 16, 2017.

Hugo Castro has returned to San Diego, where he is receiving medical treatment for severe injuries he suffered in Mexico under circumstances that remain mysterious.

The San Diego activist and U.S. citizen disappeared for five days after pleading for help on Facebook Live on April 13, saying criminal groups were "hunting" him. He went missing while he was on his way to help a refugee caravan on behalf of Border Angels, a San Diego-based nonprofit where he is a volunteer coordinator.

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He was found in Tlalnepantla, Mexico with multiple head wounds and possible brain damage, and had been receiving treatment in Red Cross facilities in central Mexico until Sunday.

Castro's familylaunched a campaign last week to raise funds to get him transferred to a U.S. hospital, citing ongoing dangers in Mexico. Border Angels Founder Enrique Morones did not immediately respond to requests for comment, nor did Castro's relatives.

Castro's partner, Gaba Cortes, posted the news of his return on Facebook at 10:07 a.m., Sunday.

Cortes, who is also the mother of Castro's child, thanked everyone who supported the GoFundMe campaign and asked for people to continue donating for medical expenses.