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Bizarre Mexico: American tourist shot by Zetas, Police Chief beheaded.

A wreath was laid by relatives of David M. Hartley last week on Falcon Lake in Zapata, Tex. Photo Credit to Eric Gay/Associated Press.

An investigation into a reported shooting of an American on a border reservoir took a bizarre turn this week when the Mexican police chief overseeing the search was murdered and his head was left in a suitcase outside a military base, the Zapata County Sheriff’s Office said.

Mexican officials said it remained unclear on Wednesday whether the killing of Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, commander of the Tamaulipas State police in Ciudad Miguel Alemán, was related to the search for David M. Hartley, a manager with an oil well services company who, his wife reported, was fatally shot on Sept. 30 while touring Falcon Lake on a Jet Ski.

Horrifying twist: Tiffany Hartley with husband David, who has been missing since September 30. The lead Mexican investigator in his case has been beheaded

Horrifying twist: Tiffany Hartley with husband David, who has been missing since September 30. The lead Mexican investigator in his case has been beheaded

Just before his death, Commander Flores had given the names of two suspects in Mr. Hartley’s case to a reporter at KRGV-TV in Brownsville, Tex., lending credence to the theory that the police commander’s killing was related to the inquiry.

Commander Flores told the Brownsville television station that the Mexican police were searching for two brothers, Juan Pedro Zaldívar Farias and José Manuel Zaldívar Farías, who are reputed members of the Zeta organized crime group. Another police official in Miguel Alemán, Juan Carlos Ballesteros, had given the same information to the newspaper El Universal on Saturday.

The region has seen years of gangland war between the Gulf cartel, the Zetas and the Sinaloan cartel, all vying for control of lucrative border crossings, among them the lake itself, with the Mexican Army intervening regularly. READ MORE HERE.