DENVER (CBS/AP) The father of David Hartley, the American who was allegedly killed by pirates on Falcon Lake, which straddles the Texas-Mexico border, accused Mexican authorities of being corrupt and said Tuesday they're not doing enough to find his son's body.
Dennis Hartley of Milliken, Colo., was responding to statements by Mexican police in Tamaulipas State saying that they had not found evidence that the attack last week happened as it was described by Hartley's daughter-in-law, Tiffany Hartley.
Tiffany Hartley said she and her husband, David, were on Jet Skis on Falcon Lake on Thursday when men on three speedboats chased them, shooting her husband in the head. Authorities have not recovered his body, but Tiffany Hartley said she believes the gun shot killed him.
Rolando Armando Flores Villegas, the Tamaulipas State Police commander overseeing the search for David Hartley, told newspaper The McAllen Monitor on Monday that no one near the lake reported hearing gunshots or the sound of anyone on a Jet Ski.
The district attorney in charge of the case, Marco Antonio Guerrero Carrizales, also told the paper that authorities "are not certain that the incident happened the way that they are telling us."
In response to these new questions by the district attorney, Tiffany Hartley said from McAllen, Texas, on CBS News' "The Early Show," said she can understand the questions but said the Mexican authorities have not been looking for him.
"As far as we know, we don't think they have been looking. And there is - we understand the possibility that the people who did this probably have him. And that's why maybe they can't find him," she said.
Dennis Hartley said he doesn't believe the Mexican authorities and that they were being paid off by drug cartels
"I don't think anything right now is being done," he said. "I don't think at this time Mexico is really doing anything."
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