Body of David Hartley Murdered by Mexican Pirates/Drug Cartel Still Missing in Falcon Lake between Texas & Mexico


US-Mexican border security just took on a new look in the murder of David Michael Hartley. It is not always about a fence, some times it is about the water separating the two countries as well. How many people must die before the US takes border security serious?

Tiffany & David Michael Hartley

The body of 30 year old American citizen David Hartley is still missing after he was shot in the head and murdered by Mexican pirates on Thursday afternoon on Falcon Lake while he and his wife were jet skiing. David Michael Hartley and his wife Tiffany were on  jet skis near the historic submerged Mexican town of Guerrero Viejowhen two boats approached them and opened fire. Police believe the Mexican pirates were working for one of the local drug cartels … surprise, surprise, surprise.

However, Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez Jr. said that area is said to be in the control of Zetas and other drug gang followers.

Gonzalez said the couple from McAllen had been taking photos when men in two boats opened fire, striking Hartley in the back of the head.

Unable to rescue her fatally wounded husband, he said Hartley’s wife sped off on her jet ski, pursued into U.S. waters by the gunmen, bullets hitting the waters around her.

As of Friday evening, there had been no sign of Hartley’s body in the vast waters of Falcon Lake.

The Texas recon teams, U.S. Border Patrol and others are limited to the American side of the 14 International Water markers in Falcon Lake.

Tragically, the murdered mans wife tried to rescue him as Mexican pirates fired at them. She was forced to make a decision to save herself as the Mexican bandits murdered David Michael Hartley infront of her.

Devastated by the loss of her husband of eight years, Tiffany breaks down when talking about the horrific afternoon that came just a week before the couple planned to move back to Loveland.

But she wants to talk about it, to make people aware of the border violence and to inspire change.

“We were just tourists looking at a church,” she said. “I want (the violence) to stop. It’s stupid.

“The U.S. needs to tighten up on their borders. They need to get more people down here working on their border.”

And Mexico needs to do the same, Tiffany said.

The frantic 911 tape went as follows:

Dispatcher: Hello? Ma’am? Yes. Okay. Are you sure that your husband got shot?
Tiffany: Yes. In his head.
Dispatcher: Okay. Yeah. Was he thrown out of the jet ski that he’s in the water or something?
Tiffany: He was thrown off the jet ski and I couldn’t pick him up to get him on mine. (sobbing)
Oh God.
Dispatcher: Ma’am? Were you shot at on the Mexican side or on the US side? So it was the Mexican Side. Okay, did you see anybody?
Tiffany: There were three boats.

UPDATE I: US/Mexico: The Search for Missing & Murdered David Hartley Continues on Falcon Lake … Friends & Family Protest at Mexican Consulate in Colorado

UPDATE II: Mexican Police have Identified Two Suspects (Juan Pedro Saldivar-Farias & Jose Manuel Saldivar-Farias) in Shooting Death of David Hartley on Falcon Lake

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  • Grim Discovery Made on Falcon Lake on the Texas-Mexico border … Human Remain Found, Could It Be Missing David Hartley? (UPDATE: Remains Not David Hartley)
  • Murder In Mexico: Tiffany Hartley Endures 16 Hours Of Interviews In David Hartley Death
  • Mexican Police have Identified Two Suspects (Juan Pedro Saldivar-Farias & Jose Manuel Saldivar-Farias) in Shooting Death of David Hartley on Falcon Lake

  • Comments

    27 Responses to “Body of David Hartley Murdered by Mexican Pirates/Drug Cartel Still Missing in Falcon Lake between Texas & Mexico”

    1. A Texas Grandfather on October 2nd, 2010 8:48 pm

      The border with Mexico is totally unsafe for American citizens. Drug trafficing and pirates have made it so.

      It is time that our Federal Government and our Texas government take the steps to stop this once and for all.

      Rick Perry needs to call out the National Guard and invade the Mexican lands to a depth of 10 miles to provide security to the State.

      If the Mexican government doesn’t like it,then shame on them.

    2. billb on October 2nd, 2010 11:16 pm

      Agree totally with you Texas Grandfather!
      obama administration will continue to trade American lives for illegals for dem votes….shame on him…impeachment is the next step…

    3. kitty on October 3rd, 2010 7:28 am

      It is shameful and disgusting that illegal aliens/undocumented citizens are “rewarded” for blatantly breaking the law by coming here ~

      It IS all about VOTES… all you need is a drivers license to vote here in Mass… (that is why Duval Patrick is pushing for Undocumented citizens) Illegals to get licenses for votes…

      Grandpa’s right and Bilb impeachment should have begun yesterday.

      I’m so saddened that this young man was murdered and his dear wife escaped within inches of her own life ~ so, so, sorry he was taken from her in such a horrific way… our prayers are with her and their families.

      What is it going to take to have it stop?

    4. Its Me on October 3rd, 2010 8:17 am

      Obummer and his thugs have his blood on their hands.

    5. Vicki on October 3rd, 2010 11:19 am

      Our government officials are more concerned about filling their own pockets then they are about the safety of Americans and legal emigrants. I don’t have a problems with anyone who is here legally! I believe that everyone who comes here needs to speak english, and follow our laws. The government of today believes that we should bend the rules for everyone and everything. We shouldn’t. America is the strongest and best country in the world for a reason. We stood on principles!! We no longer do. This tragedy should never happen to anyone, and not only our goverment but the goverments of the world need to stand up and take action. If that means we need to put people in prison to death for horrible crimes they have committed, we need to do so. If that means we need to make Mexico accountable for these horrible crimes, we need to do so. If Mexico is unable or unwilling to make these crimes stop and help America stop them, then we need to take agressive action and also boycot any
      travel, purchases, work, and stop the traffic of people coming across the border, be that by legal or illegal means.


    6. jb deese on October 3rd, 2010 11:49 am

      we need to hire Israel to guard our southern border

    7. NGBoston on October 3rd, 2010 1:31 pm

      #5— Vicki….Well put.

      I agree we should all contact and urge our local Senators and Congressional Reps that they should speak up and aid in the efforts to help find David Michael Hartley.

      The US drastically needs to keep the pressure on and continue more extreme measures TO TIGHTEN OUR US BORDERS! After watching a Nat Geo 2-Hr. Special on those who patrol our borders and a “day in the life” of some of these Men and Women,,,,it’s no wonder our problems have not been far worse long before now. Quite discouraging for them to perform even some of their daily activities. PAY ATTENTION, AMERICA!

      Jan Brewer was right! Watch the program and you will be amazed. Don’t believe the average American (myself included) really has an accurate idea of what our Border Patrol Agents are up against until you see some of this footage. It’s shocking, at best.

    8. LilPuma on October 3rd, 2010 5:17 pm

      My heart and prayers go out to Tiffany and David’s family and friends. Maybe this tragedy, like the rancher killed in Arizona, will prompt more awareness of how serious the problems are on our southern border and politicians will have to view it as a serious foreign threat rather than a left-wing social project.

    9. LilPuma on October 3rd, 2010 5:20 pm

      6. jb – we could sure learn a few things.

    10. kitty on October 3rd, 2010 5:40 pm

      Vigilane-ism may make a come back. If our so called “Government” doesn’t take seriously to protect it’s own citizens, then it’s citizens will begin to protect themselves.

      I honestly don’t think our Senators and Congressional Reps give a hoot ~ do you? Otherwise, they’d be doing something NOW to stop this hemorrhagic of our borders ~ and the drug war that is upon us.

      Wonder how many are on the take?

    11. NGBoston on October 4th, 2010 7:07 am

      Saw on News this a.m….for the first time in a long period of years—State Officials in Texas actually released a public warning (Media Included) advising the public to proceed with caution and beware of their own personal safety in using Falcon Lake.

      While Officials were aware of the dangers this body of shared water posed—-why the inability to provide more safety measures when monitoring the Lake? What gives??

      The problem has been readily identified—we need ACTION, not just words.

      Prayers and thoughts go out to Hartley’s family and hoping new Widow Tiffany can find her late Husband’s body.


    12. Mike on October 4th, 2010 11:14 am

      This couples’ stupidity is breathtaking. In fact, it is almost TOO stupid.

      It is analagous to deciding to begin the ascent of a Colorado fourteener at 6pm, rather than 6am, in a T-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops, with no food, water, a tent, or a cell phone. It is SO stupid, no one would do it.

      Something odd is going on here.

    13. Its Me on October 4th, 2010 2:06 pm

      Maybe the Navy needs to send some Seals down there and use the lake for their training.

    14. mommam on October 5th, 2010 7:39 am

      #12, I thought the exact same thing!! I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I told my husband that we’ll find out she had him taken out.

    15. KTB on October 5th, 2010 6:28 pm

      My how quick the slanted headline writers, et al, are to describe a “murder” when the only witness was racing away on a jet ski. This guy was interested in Mexican history? Ha… it makes just as much sense to say they were interested in Mexican drugs.

      What kind of fool would take his wife illegally into Mexican territory, with no diving equipment, to explore a submerged city? When they don’t go to Mexico legally to explore other historic sites?

      Y’all are smoking something… and the poor deceased guy wanted to. Sorry for his death, but if you don’t want trouble, don’t go into the middle of a drug cartel war zone.

      Makes no sense… but all to easy to blame Mexico for something once again, that would have never happened if they had stayed out of a known Zeta area.

    16. Get-Real on October 6th, 2010 3:33 pm

      Right on, KTB! Something’s fishy here and it ain’t the fish in Falcon Lake. As for protecting our borders, people are forgetting that this couple ILLEGALLY crossed into Mexican territory, no matter if it was for a few minutes. Furthermore, these drug cartels are operating on the U.S.-Mexican border for a reason: U.S. citizens (many wealthy and middle-class who can afford illegal drugs)using illegal drugs. So the blame is a two-way street, which is conveniently forgotten by those always ready to lay complete blame on Mexico/South America.

    17. Carpe on October 6th, 2010 4:36 pm

      … this chick is lying through her teeth.

      Her story not only does not add up… it is morphing and growing with each telling.

      ala Joran Van der sloot / Casey Anthony / Cummings-Croslin

      Strap your BS Waders on with Tiffany Hartley – Here we gooooooo again!

    18. byron on October 6th, 2010 10:09 pm

      breaking news…….the wife did it

    19. Scared Monkeys on October 9th, 2010 10:08 am

      we shall see …

      New Blood Evidence Found in Lake Pirate Attack

    20. US/Mexico: The Search for Missing & Murdered David Hartley Continues on Falcon Lake … Friends & Family Protest at Mexican Consulate in Colorado | Scared Monkeys on October 10th, 2010 9:42 am

      [...] search continues in the United States-Mexico border lake for missing and presumed murdered David Hartley. However, to date there has been no body found. Searches continue, even though there were threats [...]

    21. Mexican Police have Identified Two Suspects (Juan Pedro Saldivar-Farias & Jose Manuel Saldivar-Farias) in Shooting Death of David Hartley on Falcon Lake | Scared Monkeys on October 10th, 2010 10:01 am

      [...] State police Commander Juan Carlos Ballasteros stated that the two men are from New Guerrero, Mexico,  close to the abandoned town of Old Guerrero where David and Tiffany Hartley were reportedly attack by Mexican pirates. [...]

    22. Vike Zardemous on October 10th, 2010 6:13 pm

      In the past, she and he lived in the Mexican town within 40 m of the Lake (Mexican Tags on their truck) and she was sparred? Simply there’s a connection with the Gang. A hit for hire or retribution. The typical gang approach is kill or rape a female – they don’t let “anyone just escape”. There’s more neg media if the person survives than if they get back to the US side alive. This is a pure and unequivical cover-up, just give it time folks – reality is on it’s way!

    23. Missing & Murdered David Hartley: Lead Mexican Investigator of Falcon Lake Case Rolando Armando Flores Villegas Beheaded | Scared Monkeys on October 13th, 2010 7:51 am

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    24. kitty on October 13th, 2010 7:45 pm

      Get real ~ so, it’s acceptable to kill/murder someone because they enter a country illegally? mmm… (Mexico’s response to illegal entry)…

      Far different than illegals entering into the United States of America ~ they are not being killed/murdered ~ oh, if you happen to be a rancher in AZ and the cartels find that the rancher has moved the drugs off the property ~ the assisans come and kill the rancher(s)… that’s okay? Bullshi*! the only blame is the cartels and the Mexican Government who are all in bed with them (the cartels) and the U.S. Government who have turned a blind eye to the drug war and it’s infestation into our society ~ you don’t have to be rich to pay for your habit ~ this is a far bigger and wider an issue and it’s not being addressed properly.

      How about the Mexican gentleman investigating the case ~ beheading him was probably okay in your estimation as well?

      Yes ~ Mexico is to blame. If I recall, wasn’t the President of long ago encouraging it’s citizens to enter the United States Illegally? What a different scenario, story if you ever entered Mexico… very different standards and rules apply.

      Mexico is very clever ~ infiltrate… a little at at time ~ a little more…. over time… and WHAM! Implosion of our country as we once knew it.

      Close our borders NOW. WE are at WAR ~ a highly organized drug war.

    25. Zab on November 18th, 2010 4:23 pm

      Mmmmm…….I really don´t know, here in Mexico things are very difficult right now (because of the war that is being held between the drug lords), but I would like to ask a few questions:

      1.- The body of Mr. Hartley has not been recovered from Falcon Lake (that is a little awkward because that Lake is not like the “sea” (I mean in size) and I really doubt that the pirates had hidden the body -they really don´t need that because they are extrememly powerful right now, believe me-)

      2.- Then, here the “cartels” are extremely violent, I REALLY DOUBT that they would have forgiven the wife´s life and told her “don´t say anything and go” as she declared to many news media centers (I checked it on the Internet and in a MSNBC news page she do says that)… TERRIBLY AWKWARD!!.

      3.- Then, where is the jet-ski that the husband was riding? did the “pirates” took the jet-ski and Hartley dead body to hide them??….I SERIOUSLY DOUBT IT.

      I don´t know, but I think that Mr. Hartley´s wife had definitely something to do with the murder of his husband. Is completely incoherent what she says (and what she have said to others news centers media), which I have seen in other web pages…… that is my opinion…. let´s see what comes out of this.

      Greetings from Mexico and please excuse my english. Zab.

    26. Grim Discovery Made on Falcon Lake on the Texas-Mexico border … Human Remain Found, Could It Be Missing David Hartley? | Scared Monkeys on December 31st, 2011 10:23 am

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