UPDATE: Texas Governor Rick Perry is intervening on behalf of Tiffany Young-Hartley and her family asking for help from Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon. Governor Perry wants a guarantee that the Tamaulipas State police will continue to search for the missing body of Hartley’s husband, Michael Harltey, that went missing after being allegedly shot to death by Mexican pirates. Specifically Perry is asking the President call him and hopes that he will call “within the next 48 hours” and feels that if the body hasn’t been retrieved its because “they aren’t looking hard enough.”
UPDATE: Mexican investigators are questioning whether a U.S. citizen was shot and left for dead as his wife is claiming to authorities. The Tamaulipas State police launched an investigation after an American citizen, Tiffany Young-Hartley claimed her husband Michael Hartley was shot on Mexican waters and left for dead after they were attacked by Mexican pirates. The couple had left Texas and traveled to Mexico for sightseeing on their boat when they were attacked. U.S. authorities believe Mr. Hartley to be dead.
Mexican police are stating they have found no evidence pointing toward a shooting or any trace of Hartley’s remains. The police are searching where they were told by the U.S. consulate the body might be and are also conducting a land search. “We are blind with a stock trying to find him,” said Mexican Police Commander Rolando Armando Flores Villegas. The investigation must be led and conducted by Mexican authorities because the alleged crime occurred on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake.
ORIGINAL: An American tourist and his wife were returning from sightseeing on their watercraft was shot as they were leaving Mexican waters into U.S. waters on Falcon Lake. Falcon Lake is 60 miles from U.S. border city Laredo, Texas and is popular for water sports and fishing.
Texas Sheriffs are reporting a woman and her husband were on international waters when six gunmen in two boats approached their boat, they started to flee to the U.S. side when the gunmen shot at them. It is reported the husband was shot in the back of the head. Texas locals had been warned about robberies at gunpoint occurring on the lake by Mexican pirates looking for cash and valuables.
The Mexican consulate has been asked to investigate and the couple remains unidentified.