Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez: "In this here I suspect that the volunteers have not come forward because this incident maybe related to cartel members or wanna be members. No one wants to get involved with them cause they are afraid something could happen. They won't volunteer. I'm embarrassed to say i made a contact in Mexico that's supposed to rescue i was told they they realized they're boats don't have any motors so they cant respond."
Gonzalez adds that while local federal agencies have been helpful, he hopes the higher ups in the government urge Mexico to respond so there can either be rescue for Hartley or a proper burial.