Body pulled from Laguna Madre confirmed as Ray Marchan

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POSTED: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 11:41am

UPDATED: Friday, March 1, 2013 - 3:01pm

Divers have recovered the body of Ray Marchan who was reported by a cab driver of jumping off the Queen Isabella causeway on Thursday morning. Marchan was supposed to report to federal prison on Thursday to serve his prison sentence in the Lima's corruption case, but instead sheriff investigators believe Marchan jumped to his death.

U.S. Coast Guard boats, helicopters and dive teams searched the waters of the Laguna Madre for his body which was found later in the day. Marchan was sentenced to 42 months in prison for racketeering charges in the Abel Limas corruption case and expected to begin serving his sentence on Thursday.

Sheriff Omar Lucio says the events leading up to Marchan jumping off the causeway began around 3 AM Thursday morning when he called for a taxi to pick him up at the home Marchan resided at, "An individual called for a taxi at 18 Fireside in Brownsville, Texas, The driver drove the passenger to the causeway in Port Isabel."

Sheriff Lucio says when the taxi driver got to the top of the causeway the passenger said he needed to pull over to throw up. The taxi driver complied, pulled over, that's when the passenger got out and he jumped in the water.

A quick recap of Ray Marchan's legal issues:

  • A federal grand jury indicted him on seven counts of racketeering and bribery on June 21, 2011.
  • In June 2012, he was convicted of paying former District Judge Abel Limas $11,000 dollars in bribes and kickbacks back to 2008.
  • Six months later, he was sentenced to 42 months in prison and was to report to a federal prison and was to report to a federal prison in Fort Worth.

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