Mexican authorities have detained a Zetas drug cartel leader suspected in the 2010 Falcon Lake killing of American David Hartley in 2010, a spokesman for Mexico’s Navy said Monday.
Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo, accused of being a regional leader of the Zetas in three northern Mexican states, was detained last week and presented to the media Monday.
Hartley’s wife, Tiffany, told police that she and her husband were on Sea-Doo personal watercraft on the lake on September 30, 2010, to visit a half-submerged church, when they were ambushed by Mexican assailants who shot David Hartley in the head.
She said she was unable to haul his body onto her watercraft before being forced to flee.
A Texas sheriff who helped investigate the case said Monday that Martinez wasn’t on a list of five suspects’ names that he has handed over to the FBI.