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Sunday
Oct242010

Pirate Attack Widow Seeks Border Security

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LASALLE, Colo.) -- Tiffany Hartley, whose husband was shot while the two were fleeing from Mexican pirates on jet skis earlier this month has opened up again about the experience and has called for President Obama to pay further attention to border security.

Speaking outside of her home in LaSalle, Colo., Hartley revealed that she spent 16 hours speaking with Mexican officials, who, in a rare move, came across the border to meet with her.

Hartley plans to remain in Colorado for the time being to relax at her family's 20-acre ranch, but wants to use the media to help keep the case in the spotlight.

Mexican authorities have said they will press their search for David Hartley's body after the lead investigator, Rolando Flores, was decapitated on October 12.

Hartley was shot September 30 while on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake. Tiffany Hartley said the two were headed back to the American side of the lake on jet skis when they were chased by Mexican pirates. She told authorities that her husband was shot in the head and that she had to flee to shore to save her own life.

Two weeks ago, Mexican authorities named two suspects in Hartley's murder -- two Zeta drug cartel members.

The case highlights the ongoing turf war between Mexican drug cartels and the country's government, which has been waging a war against the growing drug violence. More than 29,000 people have died in drug violence since December 2006, with the Zeta cartel being blamed for the majority of the deaths.

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Monday
Oct182010

Questioning Resumes for Wife of Man Allegedly Killed by Pirates

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MEXICO) -- The wife of a man allegedly killed by pirates on a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border will return to FBI offices Monday to resume a marathon session of questions from Mexican authorities.

Tiffany Hartley, wife of David Hartley, who is missing after the jet ski incident Sept. 30 on Falcon Lake, endured eight hours of questioning by Mexican investigators Friday.  She has said she refused a request to come to Mexico for further questioning, out of fear of a possible arrest.

"I just don't think that's a wise decision," Hartley told ABC News.  "I think they do believe my story, but I don't know what their plan is -- why they need me to go over there when I've signed every document they told me."

When asked if she feared arrest on the Mexican side of the border, Hartley said, "possibly."

Hartley said that she hopes that by speaking to investigators without an attorney, she can convince them to continue their search for her missing husband.  The search was called off last week after a lead investigator for the Mexican authorities was beheaded, allegedly by members of a drug cartel.

David Hartley was last seen when Tiffany said he was shot by Mexican pirates while the couple rode jet skis on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake.  In a heart-wrenching 911 call, a seemingly panicked Tiffany explained to the dispatcher that David was shot in the head and that she was not strong enough to pull his body onto her jet ski.  Neither David's body nor his jet ski have been recovered.

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Sunday
Oct102010

Mexican Police: We Know Who Killed American Jet Skier

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(REYNOSA, Mexico) -- Police are looking for two suspected members of the Zeta drug cartel believed to be directly involved in the shooting death of an American man killed while jet skiing with his wife on a Texas-Mexico border lake.

Mexican authorities have identified the men as Juan Pedro Saldivar Farias, and his brother, Jose Manuel. The two are suspects in a string of murders, kidnappings, armed robberies and fires, according to officials.

David Hartley was shot in the back of the head, according to his wife, as the couple fled the Mexican side of the lake to U.S. waters on Sept. 30.

Tiffany Hartley says her husband fell off his watercraft after he was shot. She told investigators that she attempted to circle back, but that the gunmen were still firing, forcing her to abandon the rescue.

David Hartley’s body has not been recovered.

His mother made a public plea to U.S. and Mexican authorities last week, appearing on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”

"[David] needs to come home and we're begging the Mexican government, the governor of Texas, President Obama," said Pam Hartley, who also appealed to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "To Hillary -- mother to mother -- help me bring my son home, please," she said, crying.

Falcon Lake, part of the Rio Grande situated directly on the Texas-Mexico border, has become a haven for pirates, and there have been at least five reported run-ins on the lake so far this year, though this is the first instance of a death.

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Thursday
Oct072010

Eyewitness in Alleged Mexican Pirate Attack Case Comes Forward

Photo Courtesy - ABC News | Google Maps(MEXICO) -- An eyewitness has come forward in the case of the American who was allegedly attacked by Mexican pirates to claim he saw the man's panicked wife as she fled to the American side of Falcon Lake.

"I saw the Jet Ski come around an island," the witness told ABC News.  "There was something wrong actually. The way I saw her come around it looked like something terribly wrong happened. I mean, she was jittery, frantic....She was crying, sobbing."

As a safety precaution, the witness spoke in shadow and with voice alteration to avoid identification because he said he feared for his life.

What the witness did not see -- what apparently no one but the alleged victims and attackers saw -- was what exactly happened on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake, which straddles the border between Texas and Mexico. Tiffany Hartley said she and her husband, David, took Jet Skis to the Mexican side of the lake to take pictures of a small church when suddenly a band of Mexican pirates opened fire on them with assault rifles. In a heart-wrenching 911 call, Hartley tells the dispatcher that her husband has been shot in the head and that she is too weak to pull his body up onto her Jet Ski. She was forced to abandon him there.

Tiffany Hartley returned for the first time Wednesday to the location where she said her husband was killed last week.

Mexican authorities launched a search by boat and air for the 30-year-old's body Wednesday after repeated pleas for increased effort from Hartley. The search was halted, reportedly after threats from Mexican drug cartels, but it was to resume Thursday, Hartley said.

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Thursday
Oct072010

Mexico Launches Helicopter Search of Falcon Lake for David Hartley's Body

Photo Courtesy -- ABC News(MEXICO) -- Mexican authorities have launched a search using boats and helicopters for the body of an American who was allegedly killed by Mexican pirates on a lake bordering the two countries.

The Mexican promise of help in the search for the body of David Hartley came after Mexican law enforcement officials cast doubt on the story by Hartley's wife that he was shot in the head by gunmen on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake, which straddles the border between the two countries.

It also came after Texas Gov. Rick Perry asked Mexican President Filipe Calderon to call him with assurances that Mexican authorities are searching for Hartley's body.

Perry said that he hopes to hear from Calderon "within the next 48 hours, that the body has been retrieved. If not, we're not looking hard enough."

The Mexican Foreign Relations Ministry Wednesday said the country "is committed to the investigation of those acts." It added that Mexican authorities have "stepped up their actions with the support of specialized personnel, boats and helicopters."

Hartley's widow, Tiffany, defended herself early Wednesday on Good Morning America against suggestions by Mexican law enforcement officials that they doubted her claim that her husband was shot dead while they rode on Jet Skis on the Mexican side of the lake. Mexican police said there is no evidence of a crime as described by Tiffany Hartley. "It's hard just to hear it," she told Good Morning America.  "But I can see it from their point of view. I can understand why they might think that, but it's not true. ... I would never even think about hurting my husband.  I loved him."

U.S. officials said they're prohibited from entering Mexican waters to search for Hartley's body. David Hartley's mother, Pam Hartley, has issued a public plea to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asking for aid in bringing her son's body home.

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Wednesday
Oct062010

Wife of American Allegedly Killed By Pirates Defends Herself

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- As she held a memorial service for her husband, who was allegedly shot to death by pirates on the Mexican side of Texas' Falcon Lake, Tiffany Hartley addressed skeptics on both sides of the border who doubt her story.

"It's hard just to hear it," she told ABC News. "But I can see it from their point of view. I can understand why they might think that, but it's not true....I would never even think about hurting my husband.  I loved him."

Hundreds of mourners gathered in a south Texas church late Tuesday night to remember David Michael Hartley, the man who is missing and believed to be dead.

Hartley said she and her husband came under attack from Mexican pirates as the couple rode Jet Skis on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake, but Mexican authorities have said there is no evidence of a crime as described by Tiffany Hartley.

Hartley told police the pirates shot her husband in the head. The 30-year-old man's body has not been recovered.

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Tuesday
Oct052010

Mother of American Killed by Mexican Pirates Begs Hillary Clinton: 'Help Me'

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- A U.S. woman whose son was shot in the head by Mexican pirates while boating on a border lake in Texas is begging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to help her, "mother to mother."

The body of David Michael Hartley, 30, has yet to be recovered days after he was killed by teenage pirates on Falcon Lake after he and his wife, Tiffany Hartley, crossed the border on their jet skis. U.S. officials said they're prohibited from entering into Mexican waters to search for his body and Mexico said it doesn't have the money to look.

"He needs to come home and we're begging the Mexican government, the governor of Texas, President Obama," the man's mother, Pam Hartley, told ABC News.

"To Hillary -- mother to mother -- help me bring my son home, please," she said, crying.

Tiffany Hartley said she and her husband dismissed warnings about crossing into the Mexican side of the lake to take pictures of a historic church. As they made their way back to the U.S. border, they were approached by three boats of fully-armed pirates.

"David and I were racing back to the U.S. and they started shooting," she said. “I looked back and I saw that David had been shot and I turned around to go get him."

Hartley said she failed to pull her husband onto her jet ski and, for her own safety, was forced to abandon her husband.

The state of Texas had warned boaters and fisherman as far back as April to stay away from the Mexican side of the lake. Since then, the drug wars along the border have gotten more violent and there have been reports of more pirate encounters. There have been at least five reported run-ins with pirates on the lake so far this year, although this is the first reported case of a death.

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