An Austin police officer who was originally reported missing is believed to have attempted to fake his own death and to have fled to Mexico, reports the American-Statesman. Officer Coleman Martin, 29, is facing a misdemeanor charge of making a false report. Martin’s wife told KVUE-TV that the cop’s odd behavior was related to a new prescription medication.”The side effects were causing him to be depressed and think irrationally,” she said. “We want him to know his family loves him unconditionally and wants him home safe.”
An arrest affidavit for the missing officer said a woman, who was not his wife, shared an email with detectives in which Martin wrote to her and said his plan for a staged death had been successful. The affidavit does not say how the woman knows Martin. The email said he had staged a scene by parking his vehicle by a body of water near the U.S.-Mexican border. He then rode a bus into Mexico. Police got involved last Tuesday when Martin’s wife called 911 to report that he had texted her a photo of a suicide handwritten note. Authorities mounted a massive search, but by Thursday the missing cop’s email to the unnamed woman cast the case in a difference light.