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October 18th, 2010
11:06 AM ET

Missing American's wife provides detailed statement to authorities

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - The wife of an American reportedly shot dead by gunmen believed linked to a Mexican drug gang gave an eight-hour interview and provided a detailed statement to federal and state authorities in Mexico, she said Monday.

Tiffany Hartley told CNN's "American Morning" she gave a detailed account of what happened on September 30, from the time she and her husband David left their McAllen, Texas, home until she left a sheriff's office that night.

Hartley recounted the incident Monday, saying she and her husband headed to Falcon Lake, which straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, that day to "enjoy a day on the lake." The two decided to ride their jet skis to the Mexican side of the lake to see a historical church there, she said.

But she said the couple was confronted by three boats, and gunmen aboard began firing shots at them when they tried to flee the area. She said she saw her husband shot, and attempted to pull him on board her jet ski.

"After they shot David I turned my jet ski around so I could go and help him," she said. But a boat approached her and the person on board pointed a gun toward her, then left. She attempted to get her husband on board, but fled when she saw the boats returning.

She said she had to pass the three boats while attempting to get back to the U.S. side of the lake. By the time she got there, she could not see what was taking place back at the scene, she said Monday. "The boats chased me pretty much all the way to the U.S. border or past it," she said.

David Hartley's body has not been found, despite extensive searches by both U.S. and Mexican authorities.

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  1. Vickie Show Me State

    Why were they in dangerous waters? What happened to the jet ski that her husband was riding on? Did she shoot him and make everything else up? Why did they let "her" live? So, she could run to the authorities??? Sounds fishy!

    October 18, 2010 at 5:16 pm |