We have all imagined what it would be like to rob a bank, fake our own death, and move somewhere exotic. Right? Maybe not those exact details, some variation of it has wondering into our daydreams at some point. However, we don’t act out on these thought. At least not all of us anyway….
Texas officials believe that Coleman Martin, a 29-year-old Austin Police officer not only staged his death, but then fled to Mexico. He is currently facing a Class A misdemeanor charge of “false report.” And here’s where it gets even more Hollywood….the married man had a very close lady friend, and she is also part of the investigation.
My first thought when I heard this story break was that the man would actually be dead, and this would have such a horrible effect on his family. However, as I listened, the facts became more and more incriminating.
According to Friday’s statement from the Austin Police Department, “evidence was uncovered to lead investigators to believe that the missing officer took means to stage his own death. It is believed at this time he is not deceased and has fled to Mexico.”
When Martin initially went missing, police described him as an officer in “emotional distress,” based on interview with his wife.
According to a police affidavit released Friday, Martin’s wife called police on Tuesday, April 25, and reported that he was suicidal. She told officers that he left their residence around 10 a.m., saying he needed time “clear his head.” Then around 10:15 a.m., she said, he texted her a photo of a handwritten note that said he was going to commit suicide and drown himself in a lake near the Mexican border.
Police discovered that that Martin withdrew $300 from the couple’s joint bank account around 11 a.m. that morning and purchased gas 15 minutes later. He then bought a raft at a sporting goods store in Austin, got $50 cash back then got food at a Wendy’s at 3:50 p.m. A transaction showed that he also purchased rope and concrete clocks from a Home Depot store, according to the affidavit.
Martin and his vehicle were then entered into the state and national computer databases for law enforcement to be on the lookout for him. The Texas Department of Public Safety said Martin was stopped by a trooper near Uvalde, Texas, around 6 p.m. and that he told the trooper he was heading to Mexico for a vacation.
Around 7 a.m. on April 26, law enforcement with the Amistad National Recreation Area reported that Martin’s vehicle was found near the lake, according to the affidavit. A “suicide note,” the same one Martin texted to his wife was found on the seat of his vehicle.
A raft was found on the shore a few miles from where Martin’s vehicle was parked. Police also found remnants of a concrete block and scrapes on the raft that indicated that a block had been pushed over the side. Investigators then searched the lake for Martin’s body.
Investigators discovered his relationship with a woman, previously mentioned ,who was not his wife. They interviewed her and officials were led to believe that Martin is still alive. the woman apparently gave evidence that showed he faked his death, including an email that he sent her AFTER his alleged suicide.
What do you think? Did he fake his death and make off like a bandit or is he actually dead?
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