October 15th, 2010
10:43 AM ET

Mexican divers suspend search for American

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Mexican divers have suspended their search for an American whose wife says he was shot on a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexican border, authorities said Friday.

David Hartley was reportedly shot to death September 30 by gunmen who investigators believe are linked to a Mexican drug gang.

His wife, Tiffany, told authorities the couple was on a sightseeing trip on Falcon Lake, a reservoir on the Rio Grande. She believes the attackers may still have her husband's body.

She said she met with the lead Mexican investigator in the death of her husband days before the police officer was killed and his severed head delivered to authorities in a suitcase.

U.S. and Mexican authorities vowed the search for Hartley's husband would continue despite the investigator's slaying on Tuesday.

"I met him. He sat right next to me," Hartley said, referring to Mexican state official Rolando Armando Flores Villegas. Her remarks aired on CNN's "American Morning" Thursday.

"We talked through a translator and he just seemed like a really good guy who really wanted to just do good for - you know, his country," Hartley said.

Hartley said she wonders if the death of the lead Mexican investigator will hamper the search for her husband.

"It definitely makes me worried that nobody is going to want to take over," she said.

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  1. David, Indiana

    All the threats have probably interfered with finding Mr. Hartley. A man who is guilty of wanting to go jet skiing with his wife.

    October 15, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
  2. Toni

    The media and the rest of the Country seemed so schocked by what has happened at Falcon Lake. If you ask people that live in the So. Texas border region you will find out what a lawless country Mexico is and has been long before this drug cartel mess. I have had personal experience with "officials" with AK47's coming out of the bushes to "check my papers." Been threatened with jail for drinking beer on a Sunday until we paid the "fine." Ask around!

    October 15, 2010 at 3:55 pm |