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Texas Authorities: Austin Police Officer faked his own death, fled to Mexico

April 30, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Texas Authorities: Austin Police Officer faked his own death, fled to Mexico

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Texas state authorities say an Austin police officer who notified his wife that he intended to commit suicide, had instead hoaxed his death and fled to Mexico.

According to an arrest affidavit released on Friday, 29-year-old Austin Police Officer Coleman Martin texted his wife a photo of a suicide note claiming he meant to drown himself in a lake near the Mexican border.

Police located Martin’s vehicle, but his passport and the tablet were missing.

Officers later discovered a raft with pieces of a concrete block and scratch marks — indicating one had been tossed over the edge a few miles away from where the car was discovered, the affidavit says.

A subsequent search of the lake came up empty.

However, law enforcement officials were later contacted by a woman who received an email from Martin explaining that he abandoned his car at the lake.

According to ABC News, Martin proceeded to ride a bike to a convenience store, then took a cab to the border and took a bus across the border into Mexico.

Investigators managed to locate the unidentified woman with whom he had a close relationship on Thursday.

The woman told investigators Martin had plotted to fake his death and even showed police emails he had sent from Mexico.

The search for Martin continued on Saturday. Police have charged him with a misdemeanor count of filing a false report.

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