The family of David Hartley, shot in 2010 while jet-skiing on a lake that straddles the U.S.-Mexico border, says it is treating with caution news that Mexican authorities have a regional cartel chief in custody in the slaying.
What they really want is the return of Hartley's body, which was never recovered from Falcon Lake.
His widow, Tiffany Hartley, 31, said emotion overwhelmed her Monday morning after she heard from a member of the media that suspected Zeta drug-cartel lieutenant Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo had been detained in relation to her husband's case.
"Today came as a shock. We haven't heard anything since the first of the year," she said. "The moment I got that text, I was thrown back two years."
It's been more than two years since Hartley and his wife set out on a jet-skiing trip to visit a half-sunken church on the Mexican side of the lake.
Only Tiffany Hartley returned. She told investigators that pirates in three small boats shot her husband in the head and chased her for 7 miles until she made it to the shore in Zapata, Texas.
The Mexican navy announced Monday that it had detained a regional Zeta cartel leader known as "The Squirrel" in connection with the Sept. 30, 2010, death and other crimes, CNN reported. Family members said no officials had contacted them.
Hartley doubts that Martinez pulled the trigger but said at a news conference outside her family's home that she wants to know what role he played in her husband's death and — most important — whether he has any information on where the body may be.
This video report aired on KGBT-TV 4 from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
Tiffany Hartley says that, in her quest for answers, she reached out to both Presidential campaigns and that only the Romney Campaign has responded. President Obama, to his shame, has ignored this woman whose husband was killed during his Presidency.
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