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. DEW

    ,if obama and the dems.have there way they will be our neigbors as soon as they past amnesty. one more month and i won't have a d next to my name on my voter card.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |

    I don't care what they do...I want all of them to be able to come into the country and vote for the democrats. Love,
    Slick Willy.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. OhJeezNotThisAgain

    Maybe our National Guard should be back in the US, you know, guarding the nation. Bringing troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq (and dozens of other nations around the globe) would save money, boost local economies, and allow the US to effectively secure the border with Mexico.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Post-its

    This is very bad. I hope someone catches the people who are doing this.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ivan

    If the USA stop consuming those drugs it will STOP FOR SURE!!!!
    stop pointing the finger to Mexico, USA is the buyer of drugs also
    share the responsibility people.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      Why does it always come back to USA consuption? What does buying a mfg and selling a kilo of cocaine have to do with some american boating with his wife and being shot in the head? Did he still the coke and try to get away on his jet ski? cmon.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mm

    Why should we invade Mexico....they are doing a pretty good job of killing off each other.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Al

    Who would win in a war, the US Military, or the drug cartels? Based on US history, my guess is the cartels. We, the US, just don't have the stomach for winning. Look at Afghanistan, Iraq-istan, VietNam-istan. We still haven't even won the little skirmish in Korea. Maybe China can take of the Cartels. They know how to rule.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pookie

      the colonist beat back the Indians(Native Americans), although that seemed kind of 1 sided-ish from the get-go.
      We beat the British (eventually), which is essentially where we came from.
      Hell, we even kicked our own asses during the Civil War.
      WWII I don't consider a victory because the Nazi's were kind of bad-ass. I mean, Nazi's suck but how many other nations beside U.S. had to join together just to weaken them...
      we've been fighting the Taliban on their homeland, their accustomed to that. Vietnam also had that convenience. So the cartel would have that pro. to...

      October 16, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rav

    If you think that the Mexican Drug Cartel are going to allow california to pass a law to allow Marijuana to grow and be sold to cut in on their business in Mexico, think again! Billion dollar businesses do not allow "Hostile" takeovers without putting up a fight. I am afraid we are going to see a lot of "Heads" found all around California soon.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bill

    If by chance one was not already familiar with this story, this inadequate reporting is confusing to say the least. The way it's written one might surmise David Michael Hartley was the lead Mexican investigator. Just a few extra words would have avoided any misinterpretation. Also, maybe some sort of concrete confirmation before running with this story would have been wise.

    btw CNN, you website is still the best. You've keep it simple and fast.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. NamVet

    The Mexican Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard need to jointly patrol Falcon Lake in armed (20-mm canon or larger) patrol boats. Blowing a few cartel boats out of the water will, at a minimum, provide some naval gunnery target practice,

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

    Illegal drugs gave these people power...JUST like our Mafia was created from Prohibition...the big Pharma companies love the fact that we are continually bombarded by people telling other people it is their fault for buying illegal drugs...RIGHT...we should buy American LEGAL drugs. Stop the madness and legalize drugs. Whose business is it anyway what someone puts in their bodies? And, please don't write back about the ills of driving under the influence...people should be allowed to ingest anything they want...the laws we write should be about actions taken to the detriment of society...meaning: just like drinking and driving is illegal, so too, should using drugs and driving. Mexico's government is PO's that California might legalize pot...they KNOW that they would lose a lot of money if that happens...that says it all about who is benefiting from Mexico's drug war!

    October 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • blake

      Your argument would carry weight were it not that organized crime existed before AND AFTER Prohibition. The bad guys did not evaporate, though. They are still around. Legalizing their activities at best sends them into other pursuits. Sadly, we have yet to reach a level at which there are no criminals. That may be a while.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chica De Victoria

    Tiffany go back to Colorado... you my think your getting away with the PERFECT MURDER but think again. Every night for the rest of your life you will see David's sprit haunting you til you give his poor mother and father the peace they so seek in our town.

    October 12, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • chucky1169469

      don't read much?

      October 12, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leaf

      Spoken like a true MEXICAN DRUG MULE.

      October 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brianc

      StAy out or get out of this country..... Thanks

      October 13, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. bailoutsos

    Shannon, Be Quiet and Mike. It appears a monitor deleted Don's comment and now your responses are floating in limbo.

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

    There was a reason the Ol' time Texas Rangers were the meanest s0bs around. They did the cuttin' and aimed below the belt. Pershing took a whole army into Mexico in the early 20th century to clean out bandits. George Patton, then a shavetail, engaged in gunfights with bandits and won. I am afraid we don't have the huevos or the resources to do it now, even though it is sorely needed. Non-Federal U.S. law enforcement is in danger along the border. They are outgunned. We have lost control.

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