October 16th, 2010
07:47 PM ET

Wife of missing American meets with Mexican feds

CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) - Federal and state authorities in Mexico held an eight-hour, "in-depth" interview with the wife of an American reportedly shot dead by gunmen investigators believe are linked to a Mexican drug gang, a U.S. spokesman confirmed Saturday.

Tiffany Hartley - who says her husband, David, was shot September 30 on a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexican border - is "fully cooperating in assisting Mexican prosecutors with their investigation," said Brian Quigley, spokesman for the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, Mexico.

The interview Friday with officials from the federal attorney general's office and the prosecutors in the state of Tamaulipas was held in the FBI field office in McAllen, Texas. It took place the day after Mexican authorities suspended the search for David Hartley.

"Mexican authorities told the U.S. consulate that the suspension of the search was only temporary and would continue at a later date," Quigley said. "We are going to hold them to that."

Earlier, Cynthia Young, Tiffany Hartley's mother, said that she, her daughter and Hartley's father met with Mexican and American officials on Friday.

Young said the family was told that the Mexican government was "restrategizing" how it is handling the search for Hartley's body.

Young said that the day mostly entailed Tiffany Hartley refiling a witness statement with Mexican officials, recounting what happened on the day she said he was killed.

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October 16th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #635 'Return of the wanderer'

Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Reporter's Note: I often wonder how much time President Obama gets to spend with his family, and I thought I’d write about that a bit in my daily letter to the White House.

Dear Mr. President,

Our elder daughter came home from college for the weekend! First visit since she went off to college. She is loving her experience at Georgia Tech, the school is terribly impressive, and our whole family is so proud of her; but at the same time it is such a pleasure to have her home. She flew back in time to see her younger sister play French horn in the marching band at the high school football game (the team lost, but hey…can’t have everything) and we cooked up a big pot of chili and bought a pumpkin pie.

The timing, as I’m sure you noticed, could not have been better. The leaves are turning, the temperature is dropping; the feel of autumn is upon us. Of course, like so many positives in the world, it didn’t come without some work - to wit, the ghost.