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6 months after jet skiing death in Mexico, family presses for answers

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Tiffany Hartley stood on the west steps of the Colorado State Capitol Wednesday with friends and family. They held signs and posters asking government officials to bring David Hartley's body back home to Colorado. She now lives in La Salle.

Tiffany Hartley and her husband were jet-skiing on Falcon Lake when she says Mexican cartel members shot him in the head on Sept. 30, 2010.

"It's gone so fast, I can't even believe we're at six months," Tiffany Hartley said.

She believes cartel members still have her husband's body.

"He's in the hands of the enemy who killed him," she said. "We don't know who that is, but he's there and he shouldn't be there. That's not his country."

That's why the Hartley family and their friends appealed to this country's top officials and Colorado's governor for help.

"Why haven't we heard from him?" Tiffany Hartley asked. "Why haven't we heard from the Obama administration? Why haven't we heard from anybody about what they can do to help us?"

"It's hard," Nikki Hartley, David Hartley's sister, said. "It's your loved one, and you want to have them home and put them to rest and if you're unfortunate enough to lose a family member to be able to pay your last respects and know they were treated decently."

A group of state senators joined Tiffany Hartley on the steps of the Capitol Wednesday to listen to her presentation.

On Wednesday evening, 9NEWS got a statement from Eric Brown, Hickenlooper's director of communications:

"The death of David Hartley last fall was tragic and his family deserves closure. We will work to arrange a meeting between Ms. Hartley and Gov. Hickenlooper. Since taking office earlier this year, Gov. Hickenlooper has engaged other governors to call on the federal government to secure our nation's borders, to create a guest worker program and a national ID card that work, and to hold businesses accountable. Gov. Hickenlooper also supports Jim Davis, executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Safety, in his planned meeting next month with Ms. Hartley and Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. Davis is meeting with Ms. Hartley to talk about what options she has available in her pursuit for justice in this case."

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