The Mexican military leader of the investigation into the disappearance of David Michael Hartley has been beheaded, according to Texas state representative Aaron Pena and Zapata County sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez.
A spokesman in the Tamaulipas state prosecutor's office confirmed the death of Commander Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, but said that he was killed for reasons totally unrelated to Hartley's disappearance.
However, Flores was apparently the source of the "two suspects" rumor that emerged over the weekend. Based on his tip, several media sources claimed that brothers Juan Pedro and Jose Manuel Zaldivar Farias were prime suspects; however, officials on both sides of the border specifically denied that there were any real suspects in the case, despite what Flores had said.
Prior to that, early in the investigation, Flores had said that nobody he could find on the Mexican side of the lake heard any gunshots or Jet-Ski engines during the alleged attack, despite the fact that the area is one of great quiet and tranquility.
And now Flores's head -- or torso, in one version -- has apparently been delivered in a suitcase back to his army superiors in the city of Miguel Aleman.
While beheadings are not rare in the Mexican drug war, it's a little but strange that much as he foretold the exact scenario in which Hartley disappeared, Sheriff Gonzalez has proven clairvoyant again.
In April of this year, in an alarmist piece about border violence and possible terrorist suspects slipping across the Rio Grande, the border-hawk lawman told the Washington Times that Mexican drug cartels were beheading their victims, a practice they had picked from the al-Qaeda terrorists who killed Daniel Pearl in 2002. Gonzalez said it had migrated from the Middle East to El Salvador, where the MS-13 street gang adopted the practice, to Mexico, and then on to our very border.
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"They are getting worse and worse," he told the Times. "It never stops shocking me. I am even more nervous about this practice spilling over into U.S. cities."
And then Gonzalez made a not-so-veiled plea for more Federal money to go to his department, and predicted that there would be "some very serious issues in about five to six months" for Americans. That is unless we, the American taxpayers, sent more money Sigi's way, the better to check these barbarians at our very gates.
So, let's see, that was back in April, and this is October so wow, once again, Sheriff Sigi's ESP is breathtaking.
Meanwhile, Dennis Hartley, father of the missing man, had this to say to the AP: "I just, I'm in shock about this right now. I really don't have any hope that David will be found. I really hate other people putting their lives at stake. We don't need more sons lost. If this is true, I'm just really heart broken that this happened."