Remember the woman who told police that her husband was killed by pirates while jet-skiing in a lake on the Mexican border? And the Mexican police essentially said they didn't believe her? Well, a severed head just turned up.
Or, not "turned up" so much as "was delivered," to the police, in Mexico. And not just any severed head: One belonging to
Sigifredo "Sigi" Gonzalez, the sheriff "spearheading the investigation" Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, the state police commandant heading the Mexican investigation into the disappearance of David Michael Hartley.
Gonzalzez Flores was looking into the disappearance of David Hartley, an American tourist whose wife says he was shot in the head by pirates while jetskiing in Falcon Lake on September 30. (She says was chased away before she could recover his body).
Crazy story, right? But the Mexican D.A., who has jurisdiction, has said that he thinks her story might not have happened "the way they are telling us." And it is a pretty nutty story, right? Pirates? Jet skis? On the other hand, the state police chief has also speculated he might have been killed by two pirate brothers—Juan Pedro and Jose Manuel Zaldivar Farias—who control the lake near where Hartley was skiing and taking photos. And, I mean, if you accept that the pirates exist, the rest isn't so crazy, is it? Hartley's father thinks the cartels have bought everyone off. I don't really know what to think, except that I probably won't go jetskiing in Falcon Lake any time soon, just to be safe.
Gonzalez Flores is dead, too, and also doesn't have a head. But don't start writing your border security letters to the editor yet: Mexican prosecutors say that Gonzalez's Flores' death and subsequent beheading are unrelated to the Hartley case. Being a law enforcement officer in Mexico sounds like a great job, huh?
Either way, Hartley's body still hasn't been found, and the case is still being investigated, in one way or another, by Mexican authorities.