Ocotber 15, 2010
- A d v e r t i s e m e n t
The American tourist who reportedly was shot and killed by Mexican pirates on a border lake may have been a victim of mistaken identity, a U.S. consulate official said Thursday.
“I think what you had is two innocent American tourists who mistakenly stumbled into a bad area and were pursued and the shooting occurred,” said Brian Quigley, spokesman for the U.S. consulate in Matamoros, across the Rio Grande from Brownsville, Texas.
Quigley was responding to a report by Stratfor, an Austin, Texas-based public policy research group that analyzes the Mexican drug war. The report suggests that David and Tiffany Hartley of McAllen, Texas, may have been mistaken for drug runners and attacked.
Mexico suspended its search for David Hartley indefinitely on Thursday, an official said.