Speedboat used in hit and run found buried

Man charged after a boat suspected of killing a teenager is discovered in his yard

A speedboat suspected of killing a teenager in a maritime hit and run incident eight years ago has been found buried in Texas. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) game wardens began digging at a 10-acre property in Bertram after receiving a tip off last month.

TPWD spokesman Mike Cox said that the boat, which was coloured orange on the bottom and blue on top, appeared to be largely intact. “It has some damage to the bow and the windshield has been smashed down”, he told reporters.

Travis Marburger, owner of the property, was arrested on Tuesday for possession of a jetski without a hull number, but was charged with manslaughter the following day when the buried speedboat was found.

Authorities had been hunting for the boat since it smashed into another craft on Lake Buchanan in May 2002, killing 18-year old Justin Roberts and injuring two of his friends.