State and local authorities did not respond to repeated requests for comment.In an interview with t, Jorge's attorney, Hector Soto, said his client had been made into a “scapegoat” by officials eager to close a high-profile and politically sensitive case.Carlos Felton told Donnie he'd spoken that morning to the governor, who had made it clear he wanted the case quickly solved.“A lot of these guys were very afraid that this would affect their tourism, would affect the cruise ships,” Donnie later recalled. “We told Jorge a family member has to sign off on the investigation.” The next day, when Donnie returned to talk to Flores, the prosecutor barred Jorge from entering the room. Jorge must have been trying to reach the kidnappers to negotiate O'Neil's release, he thought.O'Neil had been lured not to the Punta Pacifico but to another hotel, where he had been beaten so badly that his lungs were punctured, investigators told Donnie.His brother's body was then wrapped in a hotel curtain, stuffed inside a large bag, ferried across town in a taxi and buried in a yard under freshly poured concrete.Jorge went everywhere with Donnie, translating for him by day and sleeping in the same house at night.He even suggested suspects to police, organising a stakeout at a property where he said O'Neil might be held, Donnie recalled.
“I won't do anything until I see a photo that O'Neil is OK,” Jorge wrote back. The next morning, someone spotted O'Neil's car, parked downtown and filled with trash and beer bottles.
Drug violence in the surrounding state of Sinaloa had crept into Mazatlan. Without you we would be nowhere right now.” Twenty hours later, Donnie, an energetic 62-year-old who founded a trio of natural food groceries, stepped off a plane and headed to meet Jorge at the Hotel Punta Pacifico, a remote resort north of the city.
A week later, O'Neil stood in front of his ex's casket wondering what had gone wrong. His two cherished dogs - Brandy and Guinness, named after O'Neil's favourite drinks - hadn't been fed. Hope he is OK, wherever he is,” Jorge wrote in broken English. “Our family is very grateful to have you as a friend of O'Neil.
The FBI agent had warned him not to look at O'Neil's face, so Donnie identified his little brother by the Irish family crest tattooed on his shoulder.
Mexican law does not allow Mexican media to fully identify suspects until they have been convicted.