Mexican authorities step up search for American shot in border lake.

Mexican authorities are expected to continue their search Thursday for…

Mexican authorities are expected to continue their search Thursday for an American man reported to have been killed by pirates on a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border.

Rolando Flores, lead investigator for the Tamaulipas state police, said that Mexican troops and sailors are taking part in the search.

“There are about 30 people, including agents from the National Defense and Mexican navy, Flores said Wednesday. “We will be using helicopters” and personal watercraft.

But Mexican authorities ended their search for the day before dusk, fearing an ambush by the drug cartels who largely control the area, according to Zapata County, Texas, Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr.

Tiffany Hartley reported that gunmen in three boats approached her and her husband last week and shot her husband, David Hartley, 30. He fell off his personal watercraft into Lake Falcon, she said.

Mexico’s Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said authorities were intensifying efforts to locate David Hartley’s body. Mexican authorities have been in contact with their American counterparts and will continue to be, the ministry said in a statement.

Source: CNN

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