While Tiffany Hartley and her grieving-young-widow sob story make the media rounds, Mexican authorities are also talking. About the holes in Hartley’s story.
Hartley made the news late last week, after her husband David was allegedly shot by pirates while the couple jet-skied on Falcon Lake, which straddles the Texas/Mexico border. Hartley says she tried to pull her husband out of the water, but was chased back to the US side of the lake by these thugged-out Mexi-pirates who, for whatever reason, let her live.
He fell face-down into the water, and though she tried to pull him out, she claims one of the assailants threatened her with a gun before she was able to rescue him.
“I couldn’t get him up, and I just kept hearing God tell me, ‘You have to go, you have to go,’” she told the “Today” show on Tuesday. “So I had to leave him so I could get to safety.”
But four days and no Mexican witnesses later, the Mexican authorities are basically saying Hartley needs more people… or at least David’s body.
Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, the State Police commander overseeing the search, told Texas paper the McAllen Monitor on Monday that no one in the area had reported hearing jet skis or gunshots.
And the district attorney on the case, Marco Antonio Guerrero Carrizales, cast his own doubts on the story, pointing out that David’s jet ski itself still hasn’t been recovered, and his body is still missing despite the fact he was wearing a life vest.
Police “are not certain that the incident happened the way that they are telling us,” Carrizales told the Monitor.
In Tiffany’s defense, David’s parents are just as appalled as she is that anyone would insinuate she was involved in his death and/or disappearance.
David’s parents Dennis and Pam slammed Mexican police for the way they have been handling the case, and hit back at any allegations their daughter-in-law could be hiding something.
“I don’t think anything right now is being done,” Dennis told the AP. “I don’t think at this time Mexico is really doing anything.”
“If they’re saying that this did not happen, that this was all staged, if that’s what they’re trying to pursue, they’re going the wrong way,” Pam said. “It did happen. My son is gone.”
And Sigifredo Gonzalez, the Sheriff of Zapata, TX – where Tiffany fled to after the Mexi-pirates let her live – told the Today show today that he has no doubt that “Tiffany is saying the truth” and says a witness who does not know her coroborated her story.
Unfortunately, his opinion doesn’t matter because David Hartley disappeared on the Mexico side of the lake… And he’s choosing to not join the search because it’s “dangerous.”
Is it just us, or does this sound like the first five minutes of an episode of Snapped