John Hickenlooper: Help Tiffany Hartley, whose husband David was murdered in Mexico
Governor John Hickenlooper is apparently not convinced a Judicial Watch investigation will be sufficient to solve the murder in Mexico of David Hartley. So he, along with senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Representative Cory Gardner, signed letters sent to the departments of State and Justice asking them to update David's widow, Tiffany Hartley, on the status of the inquiry into his death.
On Friday, Hickenlooper wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder requesting they help answer the many remaining questions in the case, which dates back to last year. On September 30, 2010, the Hartleys were jet-skiing on Lake Falcon, which straddles the Texas-Mexico border, when they were attacked by what many believe to be Mexican drug-cartel pirates. Tiffany fled to save her life, while David was shot and fell into the water. His body has not been recovered.
"We request any additional assistance and information you can provide Ms. Hartley and her family in accordance with the law," the letters read. "Specifically, we request an update on the status of U.S. involvement in the investigation as well as information regarding efforts to recover Mr. Hartley's remains."
The letters state that since moving back to Weld County, Tiffany contacted Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. He suggested she meet with James Davis, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety. After doing so, Davis suggested Hickenlooper meet with Hartley, which he did last Thursday.
The state's Office for Victim's Programs has since agreed to help Hartley, including assisting her with the Texas Victim Compensation Program. Gardner, who represents the district where Hartley lives, has been guiding her through the process of obtaining a death certificate for her husband. The letters also state that Udall and Bennett have pushed the FBI and the State Department over previous months to contact its Mexican counterparts and inquire further about the case.
This follows a press conference held on May 12 by Texas Representative Ted Poe in which he asked for justice in the case.
Read the full letters below.
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