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Texas Police Officer Resigns after Allegedly Faking Death, Fleeing to Mexico

Coleman Martin
KVUE Screengrab
Austin, TX

An Austin, Texas, police officer resigned after he allegedly faked his own death and fled to Mexico.

Coleman Martin, 29-years-old, was reported missing back on April 25, according to KVUE, when he allegedly sent his wife a text message saying he was going to commit suicide near the U.S.-Mexico Border. The following day, investigators found Martin’s truck and a presumed suicide note written to his wife.

Nearby Martin’s vehicle, police discovered a raft that the officer had bought with his wife’s initials on the craft, along with scrape marks from a cinder block that he also bought before traveling to southern Texas.

After failing to find Martin’s body in the lake, investigators discovered a woman whom Martin had been in contact with. On April 27, investigators interviewed the woman, where she explained that the suicide was a ploy and showed investigators an email in which Martin reportedly claimed the charade was successful.

On May 4, Martin was taken into police custody after arresting him on a flight to Colombia and booked him into the Travis County jail, where he was charged with a misdemeanor charge of false reporting.

More than four months later, Martin resigned from the Austin Police Department. The misdemeanor charge remains pending against the former officer.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

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