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PAPD releases name of drowning victim

PORT ARTHUR - Port Arthur Police have released the name of a man investigators say drowned in the waterway off Pleasure Island.


Marlin Wayne Francois, 37, of Port Arthur, drowned after he fell off a fishing pier, according to investigators.


Police say a resident heard and saw a person fall from the City of Port Arthur dock, directly behind city hall in the 400 block of 4th Street, at about 2 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Port Arthur Police Department. 


The person drowned after falling into the water.



The witness flagged down a nearby U.S. Coast Guard vessel and they immediately began a search, according to the Port Arthur Police Department.

The Coast Guard was joined by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Marine Unit and Port Arthur Fire and Rescue and a short time later an unidentified person, described as a black middle aged man, was pulled from the Sabine-Neches Ship Channel.


Investigators found a bicycle and a bag of bait shrimp they believe Francois brought to the pier. They also found a bicycle nearby.

Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam was called to the scene.

PAPD releases name of drowning victim

Friday, June 13 2014, 09:23 PM CDT
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