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. Brc

    Cartels have been watching too much Weeds.

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

      hahaha Exactly.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    We have got to do something about the run away violence coming from Mexico. The drug czars are becoming as bad as the Taliban were in Afghanistan prior to our overthrow of their power. If we continue to let this aggression go unchecked, then we will pay the cost for it later.

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

      Totally agree,I would even go as far to say... Send in our military!

      October 13, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Loverofmysoul

    Very sad....hmmm and Obama is mad at Arizona for trying to stop this sort of thing from happening here in the US...Texas better jump on the band wagon with Arizona because an American Citizen was killed at random...the terrorist are practicing as we speak on how to bring this across the border and we are doing nothing about it!

    October 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • yankeefan1a

      Number 1 comment of the day!
      Thank you!

      October 12, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • mahoghoney

      first, Texas having a law similar to the Arizona law would not have prevented this tragedy ... BECAUSE THE AMERICANS CROSSED THE BORDER INTO MEXICO AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND!! furthermore, the majority of random killings in America of Americans is by Americans that have nothing to do with Mexicans. the Arizona law was not designed to prevent these types of crimes, but to criminalize more people of color and feed the prison-industrial complex aka modern-day slavery, because we are really OK with Mexicans taking "our jobs" that we don't want to do ourselves as long as we don't have to pay them.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • creekjim

      quit calling everybody who is a criminal a terrorist. it belittles the term and seemingly puts us at war with everyone. people go into bad neighborhoods here in the u.s. and get themselves killed all the time. are you going to start calling those killers terrorists, too. and obama is not mad at arizona for wanting to protect its borders, he is concerned that they are going about it wrong.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • David H.

      I never did understand why ALL FOUR border States didn't band together and do this border control as a concerted effort.
      One or two States alone...the Feds can squash that –but when all four border States get into it,. it's gotta say something about the border control problem, no?

      October 12, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tyler

      To mahoghoney:

      You are nothing more than a naive sympathizer.

      24% of the federal prison population are illegals and foreign nationals (35% in the southwest region)

      1 in 25 illegals are felons
      1 in 12 illegals are rapists
      1 in 8 illegals have at least 5 misdemeanors
      1 in 5 illegals has at least 1 misdemeanor

      On average, illegals commit crimes at a rate 100 times greater than the average American citizen

      Their burden to society is highly disproportionate, and their value to our society is nonexistent.

      Compensation for illegal aliens is the 6th most costly expenditure for the US government, nearly equal to the cost of the War on Terror. We spend more on illegals every single year than we do on education, as well as veteran's benefits, housing, environmentalism, and public transportation, yet these people do not have a right to a single cent of it.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnyD

      Texas does not need a similar law as in Arizona because the people of Texas dont want it. And an American Citizen who crossed over illegaly was not killed at random. THe only reason citizens from this side of the border get killed by drug cartels is because they owe or have done them wrong in a way. Trust me, I live on the border (U.S. side) and Americans who are found dead in this region were tied to the cartel in some way. Its as simple as that.

      October 12, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brianc

      I completely agree with you. Arizona had it right. I agree in freedom in the USA, but not when it's endangering legal US citizens.

      October 12, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. m1sterlurk

    So an American State Representative heard about this before the Attorney General in Mexico where it supposedly happened?

    I think somebody's making crap up.

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

    Lies, all lies.............

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

    Too bad we can't seal off the border all together, but then where would we get our oil??? More of the same I'm afraid.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • David H.

      Yes, seal off the border with a 50 ft. high polished stainless steel wall.
      Electrified razor wire on top. Climb THAT if you're so bad!!

      October 12, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Michael

    Wow. It's time someone put a stop to this sort of thing... It is disgusting that this is happening so close to home. Mexico can't be taken seriously with this stuff going on...

    October 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Come on let's invade Mexico. I'm sure they'll let us. Free tacos for everyone!

    October 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • im just saying

      and those tacos are made of the head's body

      October 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. rick

    it's right about time for someone to start blaming gay marriage for the head-chopping Mexican drug cartels – who'll be the first – Lamar Smith? Newt Gingrich? Boyd Packer?

    October 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. joe

    Gruesome. US should divert some military personals to Mexico to take care of business over there.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kurt

    These cartels wouldn't exist if we just stopped buying their drugs.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      you first!

      October 12, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Growski

      No, the drug cartels would not exist if the United States legalized certain plants and made all processed drugs illegal...

      October 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf

      These Chinese wouldn't exist if we just stopped buying their Lead laced Toys.

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

      I totally agree! Everyone just needs to get off the stupid drugs!!! If there wasn't such a demand for drugs from all the potheads, meth addicts, crack cases, etc, then the drug cartel wouldn't be pushing their supply across the borders! Get a life and get clean!! Every time you buy drugs you are supporting these idiots and fueling the war!! Legalizing drugs might lessen the supply coming from mexico, but then we have to deal with a bunch of crazy morons high on drugs driving around and doing god knows what on American soil!! I think you're just asking for more problems by legalizing drugs. Nip it in the bud. SOBER AMERICA!!

      October 13, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  12. JOHN


    October 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      sure,soon as we do that I'll enlist, we'll get laid and party like it's Tijuana!

      October 12, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rhett

    Steps need to be taken by U.S. government to stop drug cartel thugs from bringing crime wave to our border states. The action needs to be taken BEFORE we have a serious problem with Mexican drug criminals. As we can see from the current heinous acts against citizens and law enforcement in Mexico, these crazies don't care who or how they klill.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pete

      That didn't work out really well in Iraq did it.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Eric of Reseda

    Mexico is DONE. There is NO way that country survives this. The Mexican government is as corrupt as it gets. SO, that leaves it to the U.S. And by the way, how's that "War on Drugs" thing going, anyway? Let's see, it started about 40 years ago, the U.S. has spect trillions on it, the drug problems is worse, many have died, and our "War" has essentially handed Mexico to the cartels since the illicit trade has supplied them with more money than most governments. Maybe we should consider legalization, certainly of pot....

    October 12, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Iggy

    Are you sure it wasn't strapped to a turtle?

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