On May 18th, law enforcement sources have confirmed the body of a man found in the Neches River near Bridge City – is that of 29-year-old Luis Martinez Gonzalez.

Identification was confirmed by the family of Martinez based upon specific clothing and jewelry he was wearing .

An autopsy has been completed but the official report is still pending. HOWEVER, in speaking with an official today, 1813 was told that no foul play is suspected in Martinez’s death, and it appears that he may have drowned.

The Tennessee man had been reported missing April 26, found again in Lumberton during a traffic stop on April 28, and released. The community of Bridge City and surrounding areas organized search efforts, in cooperation with his family, to find him.

Martinez’s vehicle and personal identification had been located just off Bailey’s Camp Road in Bridge City on April 29th, and a body was found May 3rd under the Rainbow Bridge.

Mr. Martinez’s body has been released to his loved ones.

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