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Mexico: Probe into Falcon Lake killing delayed by Tiffany Hartley's 'missing' complaint

Mexican officials said Wednesday they still awaited a formal complaint, which would trigger a full investigation into the alleged killing of David Hartley on Falcon Lake.

In this photo taken on Oct. 5, Bob Young and his wife Cynthia hug after a memorial service for David Hartley at the Family Church in McAllen, Texas.

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Six days after Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake allegedly shot an American tourist, Mexican officials said they expected Tiffany Hartley, the wife of the deceased, to formally file a complaint with Mexican authorities today.

It was unclear why Ms. Hartley would wait nearly a week before filing a formal complaint into the alleged killing, though it comes amid tit-for-tat accusations that Mexican authorities are not searching hard enough and that Hartley is withholding details about the incident.

The prosecutor’s office in the border state of Tamaulipas said Wednesday morning that it was waiting to receive that complaint, which is needed before a formal investigation can begin into the alleged Sept. 30 killing of David Hartley.

“The official complaint is missing.... Everything was ‘they said this, they said that’ but there hasn’t been a formal claim,” says Ruben Dario, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office.

Mr. Dario said Wednesday morning that Mexican officials expected Tiffany Hartley to visit the municipality of Miguel Aleman and lodge a complaint in person.

The search began Sept. 30 for Mr. Hartley's still-missing body when Tamaulipas state was first contacted by the sheriff’s office in Zapata, Texas. With apparently no progress yet in finding the body or the attackers, Texas Gov. Rick Perry today gave Mexico a subtle two-day deadline to find the body.

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