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Mexico Intensifies Investigation of Pirate Ambush

Reports say that Mexican officials have intensified their search for the body of a U.S. citizen believed killed by drug gunmen last week on the binational Falcon Lake reservoir, deploying boats and helicopters after calls for action from U.S. officials.

The effort comes a day after David Michael Hartley’s family publicly criticized official efforts to find his body. Nearly a week after the incident, the 30-year-old’s remains have not been found.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, gunmen armed with AK-47s and AR-15 rifles have attacked US tourists on Lake Falcon in a string of robberies in recent months. Some attackers are reportedly dressed as Mexican police, while others have used crude duct-taped signs to disguise their boats as Texas Parks and Wildlife vessels.

Since April 30, five incidents of armed robberies or attempted theft have been reported on Falcon Lake: one in April, two in May, and one in August. The fifth ambush allegedly ended in gunfire last week with the possible death of Mr. Hartley.

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