Cloaked by nightfall and escorted by U.S. Consular officials, U.S. Marine Jon Hammar at long last Friday crossed an international bridge to Brownsville and, after a harrowing four and a half months in Mexican prison, joined his father for a quiet drive back their Miami home.

“He’s already gone, driving carefully with his dad, enjoying relaxation finally,” his attorney, Eddie Varon Levy, told media who had followed the U.S.-side entourage from bridge to bridge in hopes of capturing the reunion. “What happened was… Jon wasn’t in a condition to be taking pictures,” Varon Levy said.