October 12th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

Head of lead investigator in Falcon Lake case found

The severed head of the lead Mexican investigator in the Falcon Lake
case was delivered Tuesday in a suitcase to the Mexican military, Texas Rep. Aaron Pena told CNN.

However, a spokesman for the attorney general of Tamaulipas state in Mexico said he had not heard the report.

David Michael Hartley went missing September 30. His wife, Tiffany, told authorities her husband was shot and killed during a sightseeing trip on Falcon Lake, which bisects the U.S.-Mexico border in South Texas.


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  1. Watcha waiting for?

    If the Mexican govt can't keep their home grown thugs in checked, it's time for military time not milller-time...

    October 13, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jdm

    The problem is being addressed. Silence on the part of the American and Mexican authorities foretells joint action ahead. Don't be surprised if our Mexican friends are busily getting training and learning how to operate a few predators..

    October 13, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Whatcha waiting for?

      @jdm the cartel appeared to have infiltrated the mexican military and govt those who are not bribable are packed away in a suitcase. Join effort is moot if the Mexican president can't trust his own people. The cartel have military grade weapons...where us that coming from?

      October 14, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. Darth Jenkins

    I grew up about 40 miles from Falcon Dam and Lake at Freer, Tx. Falcon Lake used to be a friendly family recreation area frequented by Texans with no thoughts of safety issues. I also walked the streets of Nuevo Laredo with my family as a young child and later as an older child wandered in out of stores by myself with no worries of safety. About six years ago while visiting Nuevo Laredo from Austin where I live, I was negotiating the purchase of some cheap Mexican prescription drugs when in comes some young "wise guy" type who sat down and officially interviewed my brother-in-law and me without identifying himself or who he represented. We both calmly identified ourselves as public school employees from Texas. I was inwardly terrified that this was leading up to a false arrest or, worst case scenario, a kidnapping for ransom. After a bit of tense questioning, the unidentified man turned friendly as said, "You dudes enjoy your shopping trip in Mexico." This made me think about the possibilities, so I have stopped visiting Mexican border towns even to eat at their really good restaurants and have some of the best margaritas in the world. I just hate to see Mexico turn into lawless chaos and the border off limits to all but the most foolhardy.

    October 15, 2010 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. AlreadyStoppedCarring

    Seriously, Their fear-mongers? They over killed him, 3 boats with random estimates of Mexicans with guns vs 1 fat dude on a jet-ski with NO protection at all. And then run back into their country. Running away like the french is sensible, but ultimately cowardly.

    October 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    Make that third

    October 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Anne

    OMG so these guys killed , and the wife was very lucky to be alive.
    If she saw the husband is dead, let it go, other people is dying in the search of the body.
    If the Mexican side of the lake is only drug dealers there, why the militar does not attack them?

    October 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. n0d

    It is time for the US to decriminalize certain drugs, such as marijuana, so that they are no longer profitable for these cartels. Prohibition promotes these types of groups and their activities.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. annie

    ANN< what Military, OURS or Mexico's??

    October 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. annie

    ohhhhh Anne, the head of the Investigator was SENT TO THEM in a SUITCASE!! Pls read be4 you comment...The wife didn't see it happen...
    Man are some people illiterate...

    October 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. annie

    Hey n0d, I most certainly agree!!

    October 12, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anne

    Annie....a line was missed on what I typed before after the word "killed".

    It is obvious for me now due to this sad event (the head of the investigator) that these pirates/gangs really killed the husband. She was lucky they did not kill her.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Leaf

    Strictly business a consolidation Mexican Drug Cartels = Mexican Government = Mexican Military = Mexican Drug Mules

    October 12, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Watcha waiting for?

    Enuf said go in and kickass! Burn the damn fields. Do like israel one death from next door neighbor is too many!

    October 13, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Whatcha waiting for?

    Time to close down all marijuana shop in Califirnia front for cartel! Where's the DEA? American citizens and American tourists dying!

    October 13, 2010 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
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