It's a day late and a lot of dollars short, but a Mexican cartel has taken responsibility and apologized for the kidnapping of four Americans, two of whom died.
The Gulf Cartel Grupo Escorpiones says the perpetrators were acting on their own in violation of cartel rules. Five men were found tied up near a pickup truck Thursday morning, and a note was found on its windshield. Law enforcement sources say the letter is legitimate.
The note says, "The Gulf Cartel Grupo Escorpiones strongly condemns the events of Friday, March 3rd in which unfortunately an innocent working mother died and four American citizens were kidnapped, of which two died. For this reason, we have decided to hand over those involved and directly responsible for the events who at all times acted under their own determination and indiscipline and against the rules in which the CDG has always operated."
Four Americans drove into Mexico a week ago so one of them could undergo a cosmetic procedure, which is much cheaper south of the border. They were abducted by cartel members. The two who were killed were cousins Shaeed Woodard and Zindell Brown. (ABC News, NBC News)