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. im just saying

    I wonder what Obama thinks about this....

    October 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Saltyys

    Well that's kinda scary.. :/

    October 12, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CAObverser

    Legalize marijuana in California and take the cartel's power away. Why not US citizens make the money and the state get the taxes on it rather than the cartels in Mexico? Why do you think the Mexican government is against legalization? They want the money for themselves.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Frank

    As the USA becomes more Mexicanized, this is what we can expect in the near future. No nation can survive porous borders. None.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tomcat

    @near the border i agree but dont forget Mission Weslaco or Edinburgh why wont our Governor not ask obama for help? Oh wait he did even asked him to visit the boarder. on another note is El Pato still as good as it was?

    October 12, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • johnnyD

      na, El Pato has gone down hill. lol

      October 12, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. johnnyD

    Its sad to see that most of you are barely seeing whats going down here in the Rio Grande Border region. Ive lived here for most of my life and this has been happening for almost a decade. However, those who get killed are associated to or owe something to the cartel..... so I tend to be skeptical when many people say that his man was killed for no reason. Most of you commenting do not know what life is like down here and you never will. The only source that you have is from the Border Wars show on the tv. Not denying that most of it is true, but there are other factors that come to play in this region. The border wall was just a waist of money and ruined the beautiful landscape. Everything that the government has thought of has failed. Now do I feel sympathy for this woman and her husband who crossed to the Mexican side ILLEGALY? No I dont. Why you ask? Well because we who live here know the dangers of what's happening in nothern Mexico and dare not to go. People have been warned time and time again and if these "innocent" vacationers did not know, well I have to say they are full of it. Politicians on Capital Hill, people of the northern part of the United States, and those who simply do not know what its like living on the border region should have no opinion on how to decide to fix this problem. The key is the people living along the border with our sister cities, the people who wake up in the middle of the night hearing gun fire and bombs going off across the river, the people who are affected most by this. If the United States of America wants to protect its citizens (which are mostly Mexican Americans), it has to listen to us. Not some nut job in the east coast or in the back waters of the midwest. Most commenting on this page do not even know what its like to live in this beautiful region which we call home. Some which are from the area have already commented about this and would surely agree with me because we live it every single day. So think twice before you start blazing off with idiotic ideas of sending the military to Mexico, invading Mexico, saying that this is the reason to send all Mexicans and Mexican Americans back to Mexico. This problem will only be fixed if the people of the region are listened to and taken seriously.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      I say again: are you implying that it is "expected" that US citizens entering Northern Mexico illegally are likely to meet terminal harm, then do you also think it is OK to shoot Mexican nationals who come into the Southern US? Just because you say "it has always been this way in South Texas and people should know better" doesn't justify it. If we all thought that way, we'd still have slavery in this country, for God's sake! And BTW: don't patronize others for "not understanding" the situation in Southern Texas. One doesn't have to experience something personally to understand the difference between right and wrong.

      October 12, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Deb

    And everyday our cruise ships support Mexico by letting. Us port there and shop ????!!!

    October 12, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tomcat

    tyler bravo. the sad thing is that people employ them to build houses cut grass take care of the kids etc. where i live the words hey i know this mexican dude that will fix that for 20 bucks under the table.

    October 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. LadyMexMex

    YO QUIERO TACOBELL

    October 12, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • omfg

      Taco Bell isn't even real Mexican food you ignorant moron.

      October 12, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pookie

      who cares? It's still delicious as fattening as it may be...

      October 16, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. tomcat

    @ johnny now that is a sensless crime. you folks up north come on down see what its like in the Valley or any town or city along IH 35 you might be surprised to see how far the cartels reach is

    October 12, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. kale

    why were they out there? Hikes along Iraq – Iran border, jet ski on Lake Falcon... some places should be left alone.

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

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

    October 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. millenkk

    maybe the husband n wife were drug runners and something when wrong.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Watcha waiting for?

      And what of the Americans killed by cartel in el paso, tx??? It's over here on American soil...where's badazz Hilliary? We need her to let the mexicans know The Don is not happy!

      October 13, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Leaf

    Strictly business a consolidation, Mexican Drug Cartels = Mexican Government = Mexican Military = Mexican Drug Mule.

    October 12, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • omfg

      You are incredibily stupid.

      October 12, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Watcha waiting for?

      Stupid is calling a board meeting. These thugs do not respect Mexican law or its officials at any level. So thugs got govt, they got papers, hell their ambassador might be an employee of cartel. Time to get uncle SAM big stick. I say remind them of the alamo. No body should be lopping bullets across an imaginary border line and wagging heads as USA.

      October 13, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tomcat

    el vaquero is right dont put yourself in a stupid position and you wont get hurt or killed as he stated there are parts of many cities where you dont go at nite some during the day even. I am not saying stay home never go out just use some common sence!

    October 12, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Watcha waiting for?

      No el vas isn't not right. It's one thing to deal with home grown sh(i)t another to deal tempos kicking it off here and run across the border singing you can't touch me!

      October 13, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
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