Missing Boater Pulled from Lake Livingston, ONALASKA, December 14, 2018 - On December 4, 2018, an investigation began pertaining to an abandoned boat located on Lake Livingston against the 190 bridge in Onalaska. Items observed in the boat suggest that someone may have been fishing or checking trotlines. The investigation by law enforcement lead to a possible owner of the boat and after checking boat ramps the suspected owners truck and trailer were located at a local ramp. Texas Parks and Wildlife was called in to assist in the search of the lake for missing local resident Franklyn Dale Marbel, 45, of Onalaska. Through further investigation by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Franklyn Marbel was observed by family members leaving his home earlier the morning of December 4th with his boat. Mr. Marbel stopped by a female friend’s home for a short time, then stopped at a local business. Detectives believe he proceeded to the local boat ramp where he launched his boat. A resident of the Bridge View Subdivision informed Texas Parks and Wildlife they observed Mr. Marbel on the lake in his boat alone at the time. On the morning of December 13, 2018, the body of Franklyn Dale Marbel was discovered by Texas Parks and Wildlife in the area of where he was last seen by a witness and the area where his boat was located. The victim was positively identified. An inquest was conducted by Justice of the Peace, Precint 2, Jessi Stanton. An autopsy ordered to be performed by the Jefferson County Medical Examiner’s Office in Beaumont, TX.
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Missing Boater on Lake Livingston, ONALASKA, December 6, 2018 - Sometime on about December 3, 2018, a vacant boat was spotted on Lake Livingston. State Game Wardens from Polk and Surrounding Counties have spent the last three days dragging and searching the vicinity of the lake on the south-side of the Big Bridge in Onalaska. At time of press (12/06/18) the search has proven to not be fruitful.
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