Tiffany Hartley

Recently, an emailer asked me for my opinion on the David Hartley case.

In October 2010, David's wife, Tiffany Hartley, stated that they were jet skiing on the Mexican side of Falcon Lake when the pair were attacked by armed men in boats.  Ms. Hartley said that her husband was fatally shot in the head, and she escaped to the US side of the lake.  No sign of Mr. Hartley has been found.


The report started a firestorm of political stories--since it dealt with the hot-button issue of the unsecured border between America and Mexico. 

I have not read enough to form an opinion yet, but investigative blogger Peter Hyatt posted detailed arguments as to why he is suspicious of Ms. Hartley's statements on the disappearance of her husband.

The obvious question is: why the heck would people who were informed about the dangers of that area go jet skiing there? 

26 comments:

Jennifer Hillier said...

This is definitely an interesting case. I'm trying to reserve judgment, but all my red flags are flying with this one.

Miss Caitlin S. said...

I hate to question her because her family as well as his have given SUCH amazing character defenses regarding her and their relationship, but like you, something seems so off! I would never want to accuse an innocent person who just endured something horrific... but something feels off :( I hope I"m wrong. I will say that there was a police officer who was assigned to the case and they found him decapitated in the area... so that lends itself more to her case but that's horrible to say because now it sounds like I'm saying that's a good thing. ai-yi-yi.

maggsworld said...

Interesting to see how this plays out

Pia said...

heard this news on TV. this i am aware of.

Pia said...

oh, btw, wanted to greet you and your family in advance...

MERRY CHRISTMAS & A BLESSED NEW YEAR!


sincerely,

ooglebloops said...

At first it seemed suspicious, especially considering she was able to get away unscathed, but they may have crossed over into foreign waters unknowingly, or were just having fun and not paying attention (is there a buoy or something that says do not go here?), but were close enough for her to get back across the border without being shot- and her husband's death was a warning. The fact that the high ranking police official who was investigating this was killed, does lend credence to her story. It just may be one of those things that we will never know.....

Bob G. said...

SLamdunk:
Way too much "ambiguity" here...

If someone tells you the river is full of piranha, no matter how GOOD or FAST a swimmer you are...common sense should be screaming at you NOT to go there.
Simple as that.

aconnectiontomyheart said...

I really don't know what to think of this girl and the tragedy.. Sometimes she is extremely convincing and the rest of the times, when someone says there is surveillance video footage of two jet skis, I feel convinced of her innocence.. ! Either way, the husband/victim is not a winner.. !

Mommy Lisa said...

I hadn't really paid much attention to this.

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

She must've had a really fast jet ski to get away and not get shot!

obladi oblada said...

I love Peter's blog...and this is definitely an interesting case. I have to agree that I dont understand why they would risk it if they were aware of problems..of course people do risky stuff every day.....

Creepy Query Girl said...

Oh, I had no idea they'd started suspecting the wife! Geez.

Rachel said...

Interesting case and does sound a little suspicious ...

Rachel

Travel Nurse Extraordinaire said...

Interesting, I hadn't heard of this one. I'm gonna have to head over to Peter Hyatt's post. I'd be curious if you find out anything more.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

No kidding! Either they're really stupid, or she's lying (or both).

LisaF said...

I always wondered that same question. Why on earth would you be anywhere near an area known to be that dangerous? A tragic end to the story either way.

Lt said...

The more concerning published statement by Hartley is "I would have to say that, you know, when they know the pirates are out there. We knew that. We knew there was a possibility of them being there. I believe in my heart that they went back and took him, and they're hiding our Jet Ski, they're hiding him. And we just plea that we get him back. "

There is a virtual mine for statement analysis.

lifeshighway said...

I also found this story very suspicious when it was first reported. So many little things did not add up. I bet more will be revealed in the future.

Audrey Allure said...

Interesting case; the whole story does seem a bit odd.

WomanHonorThyself said...

will check in to find out updates Slam..:)

malone8 said...

Let's see, I can't swim but I'm going in the deep end anyway.

Not only that the lifeguard is at lunch.

Besides, it's raining…

See where I'm going here?

Clarissa Draper said...

I wrote a book about a woman who took her husband to Mexico and killed him there. It was a book but some things are so lax that you could probably pay off a few people and get away with it. I know, I live there. Besides, why would they kill the husband and not the wife?

CD

Sue said...

"two others on the boat but I didn't see them"

How, then, did she know they were there? Did she "sense" them?

So... he took a shot straight to, and only in, the head? Which side? How'd he fall? And she LEFT him?

I have so many questions for her...

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Anastasia said...

This case made me kind of angry. I live in south texas and it's such an entitlement thing. Every one knows not to cross the border, especially in that spot it;s notorious. But they had jet skis. Um no. And crossing the border in illegal spots itsn't just dangerous going there but coming back. What if our border patrol had mistaken them? Just ridiculous.

Momma Fargo said...

Because if it's dangerous, you might be able to lose that annoying husband of yours and claim a Mexican crime scandal. Brilliant!