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Gov. Hickenlooper requests assistance for Tiffany Hartley

Friday, May 20, 2011 — Gov. John Hickenlooper was joined today by U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Congressman Cory Gardner in asking both the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Justice to update Tiffany Hartley on the investigation into her husband’s death and efforts to recover his body.


David Hartley died Sept. 30, 2010, while jet skiing on the Mexican side of the Texas/Mexico border of Lake Falcon. His body has not been recovered. Tiffany Hartley has since moved back to Weld County and continues to seek justice in the death of her husband.


Tiffany Hartley appeared at the state Capitol on March 30 and delivered a letter to Hickenlooper, asking for his assistance in the case. She also requested a personal meeting with the governor; that meeting happened Thursday in the Governor’s Office. Today, letters signed by Hickenlooper, Udall, Bennet and Gardner were sent to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Justice.


“While Ms. Hartley recognizes the complicated nature of this situation because it happened on the Texas/Mexico border, she has been unable to obtain any recent updates from the FBI regarding the progress of the case,” the letters say. “Moreover, the inability to recover her husband’s remains has created numerous difficulties for Ms. Hartley because she cannot obtain a death certificate. She has sought help from the State Department, including the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, regarding this issue, but has so far been unable to gain final closure.”


Udall and Bennet have each reached out to the Hartley family and, over the last eight months, encouraged efforts by U.S. officials, in cooperation with their Mexican counterparts, to do all in the federal government’s power to assist in the investigation and bring closure to this event. The senators have been in contact with the FBI and U.S. Department of State – including the State Department’s U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, Mexico – to inquire into the status of the case and request updates and further assistance on behalf of the Hartley family.


Gardner has also met with Tiffany Hartley multiple times in recent months. His office has been in communication with the State Department regarding Ms. Hartley’s case and provided her with information about the process of obtaining a death certificate.


“Despite all of these efforts, many questions remain outstanding, and we respectfully request you help resolve them,” the letters to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Justice say.


The letters asks federal officials to assist Tiffany Hartley and her family in way they can.


“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 say.


James Davis, the Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, and the state’s Office for Victims Programs has committed to continue working with Tiffany Hartley on a variety of issues, including assisting her with the Texas Victim Compensation Program.


Click here to read the letters signed by Hickenlooper, Udall, Bennet and Gardner.