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  • [Mexico:]Jailed Zetas accused of David Hartley murder, San Fernando massacres

    10/08/2012 1:40:13 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies
    KGBT ^ | 10/08/2012 | Sergio Chapa
    A Zetas leader arrested in the streets of Nuevo Laredo is being accused of masterminding the Falcon Lake murder of American tourist David Hartley and the massacres in San Fernando. Mexican marines arrested Salvador Alfonso Martínez-Escobedo in Nuevo Laredo around 7 p.m. Saturday. Martinez-Escobedo, who goes by the nickname "La Ardilla" or "The Squierrel", is reported to be a regional commander for the Zetas drug cartel. Mexican Navy officials report he escaped from gun battle with marines that left one person dead in the San Agustin subdivision early Saturday morning. Marines found Martinez-Escobedo hours later in an SUV in the...
  • Remains Found at U.S. Border Lake Where American Was Reported Killed by Mexican Pirates

    12/30/2011 1:35:15 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 30 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Dec. 30, 2011 | Staff
    Authorities are investigating human remains found at the same U.S. border lake where a Colorado man was reported to have been killed by Mexican drug cartel members last year. A professional fisherman found the skeletal remains on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake on the Texas-Mexico border, according to multiple reports. The skeleton was found about 15 miles from where 30-year-old David Hartley was last seen alive on Sept. 30, 2010. His wife, Tiffany Hartley, said the couple had set out on Wave Runners to take photos of a half-submerged church on the Mexican side of the lake when they...
  • Widow sues for info in Falcon Lake death

    09/20/2011 6:19:24 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 2 replies
    San Antonio Express News ^ | 09/20/2011 | Lynn Brezosky
    She says government has her in dark as border violence argued. BROWNSVILLE — The widow of a Colorado tourist presumably killed by Zeta drug cartel operatives on a U.S.-Mexico border lake said Monday she hoped a trio of lawsuits would force answers after a year of unheard pleas for justice. “It's a disgrace they won't release anything to me,” Tiffany Hartley said of the lawsuits she filed via Judicial Watch Inc. last week against the State Department, Justice Department and FBI. “All we're asking is for communication — what was communicated, what information they have, where they're at with the...
  • [South Texas:]Fishermen Come Under Fire at Falcon Lake

    08/24/2011 2:09:14 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 23 replies
    KRGV ^ | 08/24/2011
    ZAPATA COUNTY - Deputies are investigating a shooting at Falcon Lake. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS that the incident happened two weeks ago on the Mexican side of the lake. The sheriff says a group of men were fishing in their boat when they came under fire. The sheriff says the men doing the shooting appear to be Mexican soldiers. No one on the boat was hurt, but the boat was hit. We're told a windshield was shot out.
  • Witnesses Report Shootout in Old Guerrero(Mexico)

    05/13/2011 12:11:39 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 13 replies
    KRGV ^ | 05/13/2011 | Eddie Flores
    ZAPATA - Witnesses report a major gunbattle across Falcon Lake from Zapata. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzales tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS his office began getting phone calls from people on the lake around 5:30 Thursday evening. One boater reports seeing a Mexican military helicopter firing missiles into Old Guerero. Sheriff Gonzales tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS the Mexican military has been concentrating on the area because it's a stronghold for the Zetas, but they have not confirmed the incident on Thursday. "This information about the missiles came from a citizen who reported it to me, that between 20 to 24 missiles...
  • Accountability & Justice Sought by Tiffany Hartley, Widow of American Believed Slain by Mexican...

    05/12/2011 3:18:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | May 12, 2011
    Complete title: Accountability & Justice Sought by Tiffany Hartley, Widow of American Believed Slain by Mexican Cartel Pirates on Falcon LakeToday Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) held a press conference to bring attention to the investigation of the murder of David Hartley. Hartley was murdered on Lake Falcon which spans the border between Texas and Mexico. It is believed that Hartley was gunned down by members of the Mexican Zeta drug cartel who have control of the lake. Nearly eight months after the murder, Mr. Hartley’s body has yet to be recovered and the federal government has ended their participation in...
  • 13 killed in Mexican border lake gunbattle

    05/09/2011 11:26:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 30 replies · 1+ views
    NC Times ^ | May 9, 2011 | AP
    The Mexican navy says marines patrolling a lake along the border with Texas discovered a drug gang camp on an island, provoking a gunbattle that left 13 people dead. The navy says one marine and 12 gunmen from the Zetas drug cartel were killed in the gunbattle on the island on Falcon Lake, about 45 miles (70 kilometers) northwest of McAllen, Texas.
  • Two suspects identified in Mexico lake killing

    03/05/2011 10:50:59 AM PST · by ColdOne · 40 replies ^ | March 1, 2011 | Nick Valencia/CNN staff
    (CNN) -- Two additional suspects have surfaced in the fatal shooting of an American man on a lake that straddles the United States and Mexico last September, Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez told CNN. David Hartley was allegedly shot on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake. He and his wife, Tiffany, were on personal watercraft on the lake when gunmen opened fire on them, authorities say. The killing remains unsolved. Gonzalez said officials would not release the new suspects' names.
  • The Falcon Lake Murder and Mexico's Drug Wars

    10/21/2010 4:06:40 PM PDT · by arthurus · 18 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | October 21, 2010 | By Scott Stewart
    STRATFOR published an analysis last Wednesday noting that a reliable source in Mexico informed us that the Sept. 30 shooting death of U.S. citizen David Hartley on Falcon Lake — which straddles the U.S.-Mexico border — was a mistake committed by a low-level member of the Los Zetas drug trafficking organization. The source also informed us that those responsible for Hartley’s death are believed to have disposed of his body and that the Zeta hierarchy was conducting a damage-control operation to punish those responsible for the death and to distance the cartel from the murder. The source further reported that...
  • Wife of Man Allegedly Killed by Mexican Pirates Questioned

    10/18/2010 9:03:56 AM PDT · by Reeses · 123 replies · 2+ views
    ABC News ^ | Oct. 18, 2010 | RYAN OWENS, SARAH NETTER and LEE FERRAN
    The wife of a man allegedly killed by pirates on a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border will return to FBI offices today to resume a marathon session of questions from Mexican authorities. Tiffany Hartley, wife of David Hartley, who is missing after the jet ski incident Sept. 30 on Falcon Lake, endured eight hours of questioning by Mexican investigators Friday. She has said she refused a request to come to Mexico for further questioning, out of fear of a possible arrest. "I just don't think that's a wise decision," Hartley told "Good Morning America." "I think they do believe...
  • Missing American's wife provides detailed statement to authorities [Hartley-Falcon Lake]

    10/18/2010 6:26:24 AM PDT · by deport · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | 10-18-2010 | CNN Wire Staff
    (CNN) -- The wife of an American reportedly shot dead by gunmen believed linked to a Mexican drug gang gave an eight-hour interview and provided a detailed statement to federal and state authorities in Mexico, she said Monday. Tiffany Hartley told CNN's "American Morning" she gave a detailed account of what happened on September 30, from the time she and her husband David left their McAllen, Texas, home until she left a sheriff's office that night. Hartley recounted the incident Monday, saying she and her husband headed to Falcon Lake, which straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, that day to "enjoy...
  • Falcon Lake: Case Closed? Five Remaining Oddities In A Very Weird Case

    10/16/2010 5:27:24 PM PDT · by Reeses · 105 replies
    Houston Press Blogs ^ | Fri., Oct. 15 2010 | John Nova Lomax
    After the murder and decapitation of one of their own, Mexican investigators are calling off the search for David Hartley's body, temporarily at least. So, is it case closed? Is STRATFOR's theory -- that Hartley was gunned down by Zeta thugs who believed he was a scout for the rival Gulf Cartel -- correct? Perhaps. But we are still in befuddlement at some the statements Tiffany Young-Hartley has given the media over the past two weeks, as well as some other elements of the case. First, there's that whole magic bullet thing, where she claims to have seen her husband...
  • Jet Ski Victim's Parents' Pain, Grief, Anguish (CBS)

    10/16/2010 11:00:31 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 5 replies
    CBS ^ | Oct. 16, 2010 | CBS News
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  • Clinton Rejects Claims State Department 'Silent' on Falcon Lake Murder Case

    10/14/2010 9:54:23 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 14 replies
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday rejected claims that the State Department has not offered assistance to the widow of a man allegedly shot down by drug lords while on a jet ski trip on the U.S.-Mexico border. *** She called the killing a "terrible tragedy" and said, "We are sickened by it." *** U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, whose district contains the lake, told that Tiffany Hartley has not received help from the U.S. Consulate in Mexico to file a complaint against members of the Zeta drug cartel suspected of shooting her husband several weeks ago. "There...
  • (Falcon) Lake killing blamed on blunder (Mistaken Identity)

    10/14/2010 6:52:17 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 165 replies
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 10/13/2010 | By Lynn Brezosky - Express-News
    BROWNSVILLE — A global intelligence company Wednesday said the death of U.S. citizen David Michael Hartley on Falcon Lake was a case of mistaken identity in a turf war between rival drug cartels. Hartley, who was shot during a Sept. 30 sightseeing trip to the Mexican side of the binational reservoir, was shot by Zeta cartel enforcers because he was mistaken for a spy of the rival Gulf Cartel, according to the report by STRATFOR, and Austin-based think tank specializing in intelligence and international issues. The report goes on to say Hartley's body likely was destroyed as Los Zetas went...
  • Mexican investigator in Falcon Lake case is beheaded, officials say

    10/12/2010 6:02:39 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 59 replies
    (CNN) -- The lead Mexican investigator in the Falcon Lake case, Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, has been killed, his severed head delivered Tuesday in a suitcase to the Mexican military, officials told CNN. "His head was delivered to the army garrison this morning in a suitcase after he failed to report back home last night," Zapata County, Texas, Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. said. A spokesman for the attorney general of Tamaulipas state in Mexico, Ruben Dario-Rios, confirmed the killing Tuesday afternoon in a telephone interview.
  • Lawmaker: Severed head of investigator in Hartley case delivered to Mexican military

    10/12/2010 1:28:50 PM PDT · by DirtyHarryY2K · 123 replies
    The severed head of a Mexican investigator involved in the Falcon Reservoir case was delivered to the Mexican army today, according to state Rep. Aaron Peña, D-Edinburg. Peña reported via Twitter that he had confirmed the information with Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, whose office is heading the U.S. investigation into the Sept. 30 disappearance of David Michael Hartley. The 30-year-old McAllen man is widely believed dead after what his wife, Tiffany Young-Hartley, has described as an attack by cartel "pirates" on the Mexican side of the binational waterway.
  • Border Patrol Sends Extra Boats to Falcon Lake (Texas)

    10/12/2010 2:42:06 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 46 replies
    KRGV ^ | !0/11/2010 | Erica Proffer
    ZAPATA - A dozen Border Patrol boats, including some from the Valley are now in Zapata. They will be used to patrol and protect Falcon Lake. The increase comes after the disappearance and presumed murder of David Hartley. Both the Mexican and American governments are still searching for his body. People who live along Falcon Lake say the increased security helps. Still, they'd like to see even more. "I think they can do a lot better and bring more troops so that we can have the homeland security. We need more law enforcement around the border," says Leo Cuellar. No...
  • Mexican Police Official Investigating Border Lake Shooting Found Dead

    10/12/2010 1:50:13 PM PDT · by rxsid · 92 replies · 1+ views ^ | 10/12/2010 | foxnews
    <p>AUSTIN, Texas -- U.S. and Mexican authorities say a Mexican state police commander investigating the reported shooting of an American tourist on a border lake plagued by pirates has been killed.</p> <p>Ruben Rios, spokesman for the Tamaulipas state prosecutor's office, says Commander Rolando Flores, the head of state investigators in the border city of Ciudad Miguel Aleman, was killed.</p>
  • Head of lead investigator in Falcon Lake case found

    10/12/2010 1:35:22 PM PDT · by AuntB · 67 replies
    Cnn ^ | Oct. 12, 2010 | Cnn
    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.
  • Mexican officials: No suspects in Hartley death, despite reports

    10/10/2010 9:14:10 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 38 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | October 10th, 2010 | Christian Science Monitor
    "Mexican officials said Sunday they still had no suspects and no body following the disappearance of a McAllen man widely presumed dead after his wife reported the couple came under attack by “pirates” 10 days earlier on the Mexican side of Falcon Reservoir."
  • Mexico ID's Border Lake Suspects

    10/10/2010 8:51:54 AM PDT · by Ladycalif · 17 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/10/2010
    (CBS/AP) Mexican news media are reporting that Mexican police officials have identified two persons of interest in connection with the shooting of an American tourist on Falcon Lake, on the U.S.-Mexico border. Tamaulipas State Police Commander Juan Carlos Ballesteros told El Universal newspaper on Saturday that authorities believe Juan Pedro Saldivar-Farias and Jose Manuel Saldivar-Farias killed Hartley. Ballesteros told the paper that the two men are accused in numerous crimes in Mexico, including burning homes, robbing businesses and several homicides. CBS Affiliate KGBT says it is clear how the men were identified as suspects, and that authorities have not released...
  • Mexicans Name Suspects in Pirate Attack on American Couple

    10/10/2010 6:36:14 AM PDT · by roses of sharon · 62 replies
    Mexican officials have reportedly identified two men they say are suspects in a pirate attack nine days ago on a Texas couple Jet Skiing on a border lake in which the husband was killed. Mexican officials have not released photographs of the two men, but identified them as Pedro Saldiva Farrias, 27, and his brother, Jose Manuel Saldiva Farrias, Juan Carlos Ballesteros, an investigator with the attorney general's office of the Mexican state of Tamaulpas told ABC affiliate KRGV-TV in McAllen, Texas. Both were said to be suspected members of the Zeta drug cartel from Nueva Ciudad Guerrero, near the...
  • Family, friends of David Hartley rally at Mexican Consulate, call for justice

    10/09/2010 11:19:16 AM PDT · by AuntB · 17 replies
    Denver Post ^ | Oct. 9, 2010 | Kirk Mitchell
    More than 100 friends and family of missing Coloradan David Hartley stood on a sidewalk outside the Mexican Consulate on Friday chanting "Bring David home" and "Justice for Hartley." David's sister Nikki Hartley and his sister-in-law Tia Young joined in a march from Four Mile Park to the consulate at 5350 Leetsdale Drive at 1 p.m. The two later met with Consulate General Eduardo Arnal. "We're encouraged that we have a line of communication open," Nikki Hartley said following the hour-long meeting. "They were accommodating to our questions." Marchers wore matching T-shirts emblazoned with "Bring David Home." "Hey, guys," yelled...
  • Officials Issue Warning After Murder on Falcon Lake

    10/01/2010 1:56:13 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 26 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | October 1, 2010
    Following the fatal shooting of a U.S. citizen boating on Falcon Lake Thursday, Texas law enforcement agencies are asking visitors to the popular freshwater fishing spot to stay clear of the Mexican side of the international body of water. A 30-year-old man was shot in the head by Mexican gunmen, officials said, after he and his wife navigated their Jet Skis past the international boundary in what officials say was a sight-seeing trip to Guerrero Viejo, Tamaulipas. Authorities have not found the man's body, but he is presumed dead. Officials allege the attackers were armed Mexican pirates, who continued shooting...
  • Falcon Lake Murder: New Blood Evidence Found (Video)

    10/08/2010 12:37:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | October 8, 2010 | Bryan Preston
    A witness and blood evidence seem to corroborate Tiffany Hartley's story. But competing interests are driving competing views of what really happened on Falcon Lake. Over the past couple of days there have been several developments in the alleged Falcon Lake piracy attack and murder. First,  Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez says that he has a witness who corroborates Tiffany Hartley’s story.  That witness, whose identity is being concealed out of safety concerns, claims that when Hartley came off the lake on her jet ski, she was being chased by men in a boat and that she was sobbing and...
  • New Blood Evidence Found in Lake Pirate Attack

    10/08/2010 10:55:12 AM PDT · by AuntB · 47 replies
    CBS ^ | Oct. 8, 2010 | CBS
    Zapata County's sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez has told CBS News he has blood evidence from the lifevest of Tiffany Hartley, the wife of David Hartley, that supports her account of a pirate attack on a lake that straddles the Texas-Mexico border. CBS News correspondent Don Teague reported on "The Early Show" this evidence is in addition to witness testimony that supports Tiffany Hartley's story that her husband was shot in the head by pirates on Mexico side of Falcon Lake. David Hartley is presumed dead, and officials on both the U.S. and Mexican sides of the lake are searching for his...
  • Eyewitness in Alleged Mexican Pirate Attack Case Comes Forward

    10/07/2010 5:32:07 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 36 replies
    An eyewitness has come forward in the case of the American who was allegedly attacked by Mexican pirates to claim he saw the man's panicked wife as she fled to the American side of the lake. "I saw the Jet Ski come around an island," the witness told "Good Morning America." "There was something wrong actually. The way I saw her come around it looked like something terribly wrong happened. I mean, she was jittery, frantic. ... She was crying, sobbing."
  • Sheriff: Evidence supports wife's account in pirate attack

    10/07/2010 3:53:24 PM PDT · by roses of sharon · 46 replies
    ZAPATA, TEXAS — Blood, witness accounts and other unspecified evidence all corroborate the version of events laid out by a Colorado woman whose husband is missing and presumed dead after an attack on a lake straddling the Mexican border, the sheriff leading the investigation said this afternoon. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. detailed some of the reasons he does not doubt that David Hartley, a 30-year-old Loveland native, was murdered a week ago by a drug gang on Falcon Lake, a 44-mile long waterway bisected by the U.S.-Mexico border. And Gonzalez's faith was echoed by three congressmen who visited...
  • Jet Skier killed by Drug Cartel on Falcon Lake in Texas?

    10/01/2010 9:30:38 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 20 replies
    Just a matter of time before this was going to happen. HEY! Commander-in-Chief!....Any comment?
  • VIDEO: Mexican Drug Cartel Gunmen Shoot At U.S. Couple On Falcon Lake, TX; Husband Feared Dead

    10/01/2010 6:57:25 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 38 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 10/01/10 | Friends of Ours
    On Falcon Lake in Zapata County, TX two boatloads of Mexican drug cartel gunmen shot at an American wife and husband as they were riding jet skis, and the man is presumed dead as reported by Lynn Brezosky for San Antonio Express-News. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifrido Gonzalez Jr "says this is his worst nightmare" as reported by Eddie Flores for KRGV: "The one thing I dread on Falcon Lake has happened. The lake is not secure and the border is not secure. We can't go to Mexico, we can't recover the body. We can't investigate, we have to tell the...
  • McAllen Man Shot and Likely Killed on Falcon Lake

    09/30/2010 4:04:30 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 37 replies
    KRGV ^ | September 30, 2010
    ZAPATA - Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez, Jr. tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS armed pirates shot at a McAllen couple on Falcon Lake this afternoon. The husband and wife were jetskiing near Old Guerrero. One their way back to shore, pirates in a boat pulled up next to them and started shooting at them. The husband was hit, possibly in the head. The woman tried to save him and ended up being at shot as well. She had to turn around and leave her husband in the water. She fears he's dead.
  • (Mexican) Pirates plying the waves of Falcon Lake

    05/19/2010 8:49:54 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 36 replies · 1,599+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 05/18/2010 | By Lynn Brezosky - Express-News
    McALLEN — Heavily armed Mexican freshwater pirates have been shaking down U.S. boaters on Falcon Lake, a reservoir and bass fishing haven that straddles the Rio Grande. At least three such incidents have been reported since April 30, the latest on Sunday, according to a Texas Department of Public Safety warning issued Tuesday that linked the muggings to northern Mexico's increasing lawlessness. According to descriptions of the incidents, the robbers — in at least one case posing as Mexican federal law enforcement officers — searched fishermen's boats for guns and drugs, then demanded cash at gunpoint. One of the incidents...