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. Leaf

    mexico is under going a consolidation of Businesses AKA DRUG CARTEL BUSINESS.


    Its called (the Drug Cartel Business AKA Mexican Government Business)


    October 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • vaquero

      Folks you do not know what you are talking about.

      First, the only legal way to enter a foreign country is through a port of entry and pass through customs and immigration. The Hartley's entered Mexico illegally.

      Second, he supposedly worked in the oilfield in Mexico for an American Company. He knew or should have known that there is a turf war going on and thousands are being killed (28,000 is the latest figure). I would not go to east side Austin or West side San Antonio at 2 a.m. with rolex watch and diamond rings–I would get my butt handed to me. These guys take expensive jet skis, enter Mexico illegally, go into an area where there is a turf war, and they are surprised with the results. I am not.

      Third, Falcon Lake is miles wide and the afternoon winds are horrible. I have been on it in a 23 foot cabin cruiser and got buffeted by high winds. These guys go in on jet skis. Incredibly naive or stupid.

      Fourth, Lake Falcon is a 90,000 acres lake. There are 50,000 acres on the American side which are extremely safe. At current the current level of the lake (some 304 feet above sea level, thanks to hurricane Alex), old Guerrero is under water–no pictures. How was the camera supposed to stay dry?

      Fifth, the best fishing is on the American side–Mexico allows gill net fishing. Zapata has periodic bass tournament with catch an release. The biggest fish are right around the public ramp. Further, the Tigre Chiquito, Tigre Grande, Veleno, Dolores, and Salado inlets to Falcon Lake from the American side have super fishing–gar, catfish, bass, etc. I own land around approximately 600 acres of Falcon Lake on the Veleno creek. I have never felt safer in Zapata or on the American side of Falcon Lake. There are great areas for water sports–skiing, jet skiing, fishing, nature photography, hunting,or just a leisurely trip along 50,000 acres with beautiful shoreline.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jerimiah

    Obvoiusly, the Mexican drug cartels are making a bold statement over the last few months:

    "We are in charge. We run this country. Not you."

    October 12, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. james

    The terror war is a little closer to home isnt it ?

    October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • annie

      Unbelievable!!! I didn't think they would do that. My question issssssss, "Now what do we do, the US???? How do we handle this HUGE PROBLEM so close to our borders?? I want the PRESIDENT to fuel this conversation w/ the POLITICIANS.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dogen

      I agree. Let the drug cartels use the politicians as fuel! President Obama, send them down!

      October 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • indycarguy

      Don't be fooled. They are already here. Several large fields of pot in Wisconsin already atributed to the cartel.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chiku

    these mexican criminals really are brazen folks. they are almost like an evolution of criminal one hundred years into the future. they don't even hide from the cops, they just kill them.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warren

      I would actually go the opposite way on that one Chiku. I would say that these mexican cartels are very reminiscent of the banditos of 100 years in the past. They are barbarians who dont deserve to live in modern society with the rest of us. These people are fighting and killing each other like animals. Its almost a stretch to even call them human.

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

      They are like WILD HUNGRY ANIMALS, EVEN WORSE!!!!

      October 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Leaf

    QUESTION FOR ALL OF YOU. 6 different drugs are LEGAL to carry in MEXICO, 3 of those Drugs include METH, COCAINE, and HERION.

    So how could mexico, mexican government, Philippe Calderon have a WAR ON DRUGS??????????????????????????????????????????
    HUH? Do you understand what I just said.

    Mexico has no incentive to "really" stop the cartels, and frankly it's a rational decision. The cartels bring billions of dollars into the country and that money gets laundered and then invested into legitimate business. That's billions of liquid dollars moving into their economy that the government eventually gets in their tax coffers and they didn't have to do anything for it. Much like foreign remittances, it's a pretty big slice of the economy.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • greeb

      And as an added bonus they get population control as well. Besides, I'm sure they found the tourists annoying anyway.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davy Crockett

      Leaf, we are to believe you because you say so? Where are the facts, the details, your creditials? You sound as if you're trying to work up US citizens for a take over of Mexico . . . sounds like you still remember the alamo, thanks.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • sfx_ns

      I think you are confusing Mexico with California.... From where are you gathering that it is legal to carry those narcotics freely in Mexico.... Stop trafficking weapons to Mexico...

      October 12, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf

      Legal drugs to carry in mexico, 6 different Drugs that are legal to carry in mexico, USE A SEARCH ENGINE.

      October 12, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Speedy González

    Keep it classy, México. ¡Arriba Arriba!

    October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Todd

    Does the lake bisect the border or does the border bisect the lake?

    October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Is that rhetorical? Unless the lake is REALLY narrow or the border is REALLY wide, CNN got it wrong again...

      October 12, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ignerd

      True. How can a lake bisect a border?

      October 12, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Leaf

    Drug Cartels are allowed BY THE PEOPLE and government of Mexico to build Grand Mausoleums for themselves after they die.
    These MONSTRACITIES should be destroyed but are allowed in? Your town?
    How do you feel about these being built in your families cemetery?
    That means they live near YOU and YOUR Familia (family).
    Culiacan, Sinoloa is the unofficial capital of Mexico’s drug-trafficking business. Given the shortened lifespan for drug traffickers, shrines and mausoleums honoring fallen narcos have become an integral part of the city’s landscape. David Luhnow and Jose de Cordoba report from Mexico.
    Death is not the end of bravado for Mexican drug traffickers laid to rest in lavish Grand Mausoleums at a cemetery in Culiacán, heart of the Sinaloa cartel.
    How do you and you communities, cities, states, and families feel about these truths?
    Ask you children?
    Do you want this????????

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I think Fidel might have some missiles left over, I'm sure you can buy them off him for a few ounces.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cranberry

      What in the HE** are you talking about?????

      October 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • annie

      It's sick but not the point here. the point issssssss that they are killing US, "USA Citizens" and "theirs" as well.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamie

      You use "allow" very loosely. If people threaten to boil my kids in a vat of acid and I know they are capable of doing it....I'll do what ever the hell that want me to do. Corruption of those that are paid to enforce laws and protect the public = the problem. The public = sheep. These guys = Tigers. 1,000 sheep will never be a match for 1 Tiger.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. deeb

    Sooo how does such a report on a case that some would consider rather important get out and the Attorney General doesn't know anything about it??

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Thename

    This makes the wife look serious about the situation, for sure.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Leaf

    mexico needs to give up another 2/3 of its county so we can make the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA even better. They dont care about the Northern part of mexico thats why the Drug Cartels Run 95 % of methico. LAND OF DRUG CARTELS HEAVEN.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • huh

      Screw your imperialistic thinking.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf

      This is the SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. Mexico giving up 3/4 of its land to be CONTROLLED BY US MILITARY FORCES, no more drug cartel problem.

      October 12, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. GuestColin

    I would like to change my opinion on this story. I now believe she might be telling the truth. Yikes...

    October 12, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Either that or she's a real piece of work and delivered the head herself...

      October 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pkfops

    Haven't heard if the story is confirmed or not.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Andreas

    ... and that pretty much settles the fact that his wife had nothing to do with it.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
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