AUSTIN – Texas authorities are looking for police officer Coleman Martin after he pretended to commit suicide before his wife and fled to Mexico, according to local media such as CBS News or ABC News .
Martin, a 29-year-old Austin agent, sent a photograph to his wife along with a note stating that he intended to drown in a lake near the Mexican border.
To fake his death, he withdrew $300 from an ATM on April 25 and bought a raft at a sporting goods store. Then with his debit card bought clothes and concrete blocks, reports The Dallas Morning News.
On the night of his disappearance the alarm was given and investigators soon learned that Martin had been arrested hours earlier by the police and had told the agents that he was going to Mexico on vacation .
The next day they found Martin’s vehicle by the lake, with a suicide note and his wallet, but not his passport. On the bank was the raft with marks of throwing a block of concrete on one side. Subsequently, they discovered that someone from Mexico had accessed their email account after leaving the suicide message to his wife.
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In addition, they learned that Martin had a relationship with another woman , who informed the authorities that he had not committed suicide and that “everything that happened was intended to recreate his own death.”
“Scrawled on the side of the raft was Martin’s name, his date of birth and supposed ‘date of death,’ April 25, 2017. Pieces of a cinder block were also in the raft, along with scrapes suggesting that a block had been pushed over the side. There was also a cross drawn in the mud using a stick,” the Dallas Morning News reported.
According to this woman’s statement, Martin sent her an e-mail explaining that she had left her car at the lake and then cycled to a store. From there, he took a taxi to the border and entered the neighboring country aboard a bus. Martin continues to be wanted by Texas authorities , accused of a misdemeanor for false information.