As Tiffany Hartly continues on her national media tour, authorities are continuing to question her story.

Tiffany Hartley claims her husband, David, was shot to death by Mexican pirates chasing them on speedboats across Falcon Lake on Sept. 30 as they returned on jet skis from a trip to photograph an historic Mexican church. Neither his body nor the jet ski has been recovered.  What gives her story some credibility is that Texas officials have warned boaters and fisherman that pirates frequent the Mexican side of the lake, a 25-mile by 3-mile dammed section of the Rio Grande. Also, that part of Tamaulipas state is overrun by violence from a turf battle between the Gulf Cartel and the Zeta drug gang, made up of former Mexican special forces soldiers, and both are battling the Mexican military.

But here’s the problems I have with her story. She says the pirates were shooting at them as they tried to speed away, when she looked back, David was off his jet ski lying face down in the water.  She sped back through gunfire, but the pirates allegedly retracted. She claims she got to him — turned him over — and realized he’d been shot in the head. Really? How could they shoot him in the front of the head if they wee shooting from behind. She would have seen the gunshot/blood BEFORE she turned him over..Also how did she manage to outrun skilled pirates as they returned, shooting at her for a second times?

My father has sailed around the world, and lived in this area of Mexico for years. He has many first-hand experiences with pirates and shared stories of other sailors. He says there is NO WAY they would ever take a body. Tthey want MONEY — material objects — not dead bodies. Tiffany’s story has holes in it. Stay tuned.



  1. I’m with you on this one. Something seems off. If I’m wrong I’m sorry. This woman is so matter of fact about the entire story. I lost my husband suddenly 8 years ago and believe me I couldn’t talk without crying about my loss for a long time.

  2. I hope I m wrong but yea how she is all over the media and not crying and what they want the body for. And why they dnt kill her if they pick up the body and the water craft that take time someone should c something reported anonymous Something not right on this story

  3. I agree. Something isn’t right. Not only did she never once get shot, she says that a boat w/men and guns came close enough to her that she told them, “please don’t shoot me,” and they just turned away and left her. Wasn’t it nice of those drug cartel-gang-pirate guys to let her live? That is true hospitality!!! Sounds like a GREAT vacation spot.

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