(WFLA) – Deputy U.S. Marshals are searching for an accused child rapist who allegedly faked his own death in the Gulf of Mexico, the Denver Channel reports.
Authorities believe Jacob Blair Scott, 42, may be hiding out in Denver where his family lives.
Scott is facing 14 sex charges in connection with the alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl in Pascagoula, Miss. He had been out on bond awaiting trial before he disappeared in Orange Beach, Alabama just days before he was set to plead guilty in the case, the news outlet reported.
Authorities located a dinghy floating in the ocean and a gun tied to the boat along with a suicide note listing contact information for Scott’s family.
“Normally in situations where somebody is shot, committed suicide, you’re going to have other forensic-type evidence. For example, brain matter, hair, skin, bone,” said Deputy U.S. Marshal Katrina Crouse. “None of that was found.”
The gun that was tied to the boat also raised some questions. “Almost like they wanted to make sure that the gun was discovered,” Crouse added.
Crouse also noted that no body was found. “Normally bodies will float to the surface,” she said.
According to Crouse, Scott also withdrew about $45,000 from his retirement account before he vanished.
The news outlet reports that investigators got a tip that someone matching Scott’s description was spotted at an apartment complex in Denver.
“The tipster stated the suspect was seen going up to the 8th floor and on the first floor,” Crouse said.
U.S. Marshals visited the apartment, but management did not recognize his photo. However, a worker said they saw him smoking in front of some garbage cans.
Scott is now considered a fugitive and a warrant is out for his arrest.
Those with information are being asked to call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.