Texas police officer faked his own death, fled into Mexico

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AUSTIN, Texas — Authorities in Texas say a police officer who notified his wife that he planned to kill himself actually faked his own death and fled to Mexico.

An arrest affidavit revealed Friday that 29-year-old Austin officer Coleman Martin earlier in the week texted his wife a photo of a note indicating he meant to drown himself in a lake near the border with Mexico.

But authorities later were contacted by a woman who received an email from Martin explaining that he abandoned his car at the lake. According to ABC News, Martin had a close relationship with the woman. She was interviewed and gave investigators evidence that Martin was still alive and that he was trying to fake his death.

Martin then rode a bike to a convenience store, grabbed a taxi to the border and hopped a bus into Mexico.

Authorities on Saturday continued to search for Martin, who’s been charged with a misdemeanor count of making a false report.