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Body found in Port Lavaca in January ruled a drowning

By Jessica Priest
March 12, 2013 at 11:03 a.m.
Updated March 11, 2013 at 10:12 p.m.


The death of a 27-year-old Port Lavaca man whose body was found along the bayfront was ruled a drowning, officials said Monday.

A resident found the body of Diego Carrizales Martinez at 8 a.m. Jan. 27 floating in water about 2 to 3 feet deep near Peninsula Park, also known as Bayfront.

The final autopsy said Martinez had water in his lungs, sinus cavities and stomach, Detective Colin Rangnow said.

"The examiner said that he was definitely alive before he hit the water," Rangnow said, adding Martinez also had a blood alcohol content of .25, about three times the legal limit of .08.

Rangnow said there were no drugs in Martinez's system, and his body also showed no signs of trauma. He said hopefully this will bring some closure to the family.

"We've heard rumors that he was shot, stabbed, poisoned and drowned in a bathtub. Hopefully, we can put a lot of those rumors to rest now," Rangnow said, adding investigators will still follow up on other leads.

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