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Arrest made in 2010 murder of Colo. man in Mexico

By: Marika Lorraine

A Colorado family may be one step closer to closure. According to Mexico’s Navy, Mexican authorities detained an alleged Zetas drug cartel leader suspected in the 2010 Falcon Lake killing of American David Hartley.

Salvador Alfonso Martinez Escobedo was detained last week and presented to the media Monday. That’s when Hartley’s wife Tiffany heard the news.

Tiffany says she was with her husband on Jet Skis on Falcon Lake on the U.S.-Mexico border in 2010 when the couple was ambushed. David was shot and killed and Tiffany was unable to haul his body onto her watercraft before being forced to flee.

Speaking to the media from her Colorado home Monday, Tiffany said of the break in the case, “Today was a complete out of the blue shock for me. I wasn’t really expecting anything to hear anything this morning because I haven’t heard anything since probably the first of the year.”\

She went on to say, “If this gentleman, this suspect does have involvement, we want to know where David is at. Let’s get some evidence of his remains and let us as a family two years later be able to have some closure. I pray that the Mexico authorities and officials keep him there and that they question him and ask him how he’s linked to David.”

Martinez, known as “The Squirrel,” is also suspected of being behind of the 2010 massacre of 72 migrants in Tamaulipas, Mexico’s Navy said in a written statement.

The statement also said he was suspected to be responsible for graves found with more than 200 bodies in that state, “And the execution of more than 50 people by his own hands in different parts of the country.”

While Tiffany waits for more details in the case, she says she has a message for those who have faced tragedy.

She says, “Time does heal.” She says she understands everything from survivor’s guilt to just being able to move life forward. She now wants to help those who were there during Aurora movie theater shooting. She says, “I can sympathize with every single person in that room. I’m here for them and I do know what they are going through and I would love to talk to them and help them any way I can.”

Tiffany says this past year especially has been one of healing. She says she has more good days than bad ones now and she even got back on a Jet Ski.