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David Hartley and Lake Falcon: symbols of Mexico's ineffective judiciary, police

To many it comes as little surprise that Mexican authorities have yet to recover the body of American tourist David Hartley, allegedly shot by Mexican 'pirates' on Falcon Lake.

Texas Parks and Wildlife boats pull away from a wreath laid by family near the site where David Hartley was shot last week, on Falcon Lake, in Zapata, Texas, Oct. 6.

Eric Gay/AP

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Twenty men, reportedly on vacation, are kidnapped from a hotel in the resort of Acapulco: No leads.

Mayors are assassinated across the country: Most of the cases unsolved.

In fact, “unsolved” is the defining word for most of the crime that afflicts Mexico, where more than 28,000 have been killed in drug-related violence in nearly four years.

IN PICTURES: Mexico's drug war

So to many it comes as little surprise that Mexican authorities have yet to recover the body of American tourist David Hartley, despite US pressure and a week-long search that continued today with helicopters, boats, and vehicles combing Falcon Lake near Zapata, Texas.

“The biggest issue is that the judicial system has not been effective historically in convicting the right people for the right crimes,” says Maureen Meyer, associate for Mexico and Central America for the Washington Office on Latin America. "Mexico also needs an effective police force that can investigate crimes and gather evidence.”

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