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David Hartley Update: Search for Missing American Intensified After Ambush Threats, Says Mexico

Mexican officials and American authorities are still searching for the body 30-year-old David Hartley, four days after he was reportedly shot in the head by pirates while jet skiing on a lake that straddles the U.S. and Mexico.
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David Hartley Update: Search for Missing American Intensified After Ambush Threats, Says Mexico
David and Tiffany Hartley (Personal Photo)

ZAPATA, Texas (CBS/AP) Police in Mexico say the search has intensified for missing American David Hartley, who presumably was shot and killed near the U.S.-Mexico border by Mexican pirates.

PICTURES: Tiffany and David Hartley

That news came after U.S. officials said threats of an ambush from drug gangs temporarily thwarted search efforts.

Tiffany Hartley said 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 a historic Mexican church.

Neither his body nor his jet ski has been recovered.

"Unfortunately, I don't think he is alive at this time, since we're almost a week since he's been gone," Tiffany Hartley told CBS News' "The Early Show" on Thursday. "I do believe that possibly they do have him and they're hiding him. And if they would just give us back his body, then we can move on."

Tiffany said she and her husband's family are just trying to survive as they wait, hoping for news that his body has been found.

"It's not easy to kind of be in the spotlight right now, especially when we're trying to grieve for David and get him home and trying to plan all the services here and in Colorado," she said. "We're just in survival mode."

Mexican officials say hundreds of people using speedboats, helicopters and all-terrain vehicles are searching for David Hartley.

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