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Married police officer who faked his death found living in Mexico after his mistress told police he was alive

By Mason White 1:10 PM August 4, 2017
 Coleman Martin
Coleman Martin
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) A Texas police officer staged his own death including a suicide note and an abandoned raft.

The wife of 29-year-old Coleman Martin, an officer with the Austin Police Department, called police after receiving a suicide note from her husband via text message.

The woman told police that her husband went out to “clear his head” before sending the handwritten suicide note.

Detectives checked the couple’s bank account and found that Martin had been to Home Depot, where he bought rope and concrete clocks.

He also went to a sporting goods store where he bought a raft.

After putting out a missing person alert, a trooper near Uvalde, Texas, said that around 6:00 p.m., Martin was pulled over. He told the trooper he was heading to Mexico for a vacation.

His vehicle was found at a lake near the Mexican border the next day. The suicide note that he sent his wife, was found in the front seat of the vehicle.

A raft was found on the shore of a lake a few miles away from where Martin’s car was parked. Officials searched the lake for Martin’s body, but found nothing.

During their investigation, detectives discovered that Martin had a close relationship with another woman who was not his wife.

When they questioned the mistress, she gave detectives proof that Martin was really alive and the whole incident was an attempt to fake his death.

The woman showed investigators an email that Martin sent her after the alleged suicide.

Martin was arrested and is now facing a misdemeanor charge of false alarm or report, police said.

“People make mistakes and people have to answer to their mistakes. The association believes that Cole will have to answer to what he has done,” Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday said.