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Port Lavaca man found dead at Bayfront Peninsula Park

By By JESSICA PRIEST - JPRIEST@VICAD.COM
Jan. 27, 2013 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 26, 2013 at 7:27 p.m.

A sign in downtown Port Lavaca leads to Bayfront Peninsula where a body was found Sunday morning in the water. Police identified the man as Diego Carrizales Martinez, of Port Lavaca.

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Anyone with information should call the Port Lavaca police department at 361-552-3788.

Port Lavaca police are investigating the death of a 27-year-old man, who was found Sunday in 2 to 3 feet of water at Bayfront Peninsula Park.

Detective Colin Rangnow said nothing was on the body of the victim, Diego Carrizales Martinez, of Port Lavaca, to suggest foul play. Martinez may have been in the water for two to four hours before a resident discovered him at 8 a.m., Rangnow said. Port Lavaca firefighters retrieved the body.

"It's possible his body could have drifted from a different area as the tide was coming in this morning," Rangnow said.

The cause of death was not immediately known. Martinez's body will be sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office, where an autopsy will be conducted.

Rangnow said he's working to track down Martinez's last known whereabouts.

"Where was he? Who was he with? Did he have too much to drink and fall in the water, or is there more to the story?" Rangnow said.

Rangnow, who has been with the department for five years, remembered only two people who had been found dead in nearby water channels. Both of those people, he said, fell into the water after having a heart attack.

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