US Marshals in Colorado are looking for a US Army veteran who is suspected of faking suicide to avoid going to prison over child rape charges.
42-year-old Jacob Blair Scott served in the Army for 11 years, and plead guilty to raping a 14-year-old Mississippi girl over a dozen times.
Before he pleaded guilty, he claimed he experienced continuous migraine headaches after his time in service and, as a result of his confusion, “he may not have not fully realized the nature of his crimes.”
The Biloxi Sun Herald reported in June that Scott was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after his military service. He joined the Army in 1996 and left in 2007.
While investigators initially believe that Scott killed himself while sailing in the Gulf of Mexico, the lack of forensic evidence raised questions.
Scott left behind a suicide note in the dinghy that was discovered off the coast of Orange Beach, Alabama, as well as a small trace of blood and a handgun, the latter of which was tied to the boat.
“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,” Deputy U.S. Marshal Katrina Crouse told The Denver Channel. “None of that was found.”
Crouse added that it was odd that the gun was secured to the boat.
Scott disappeared mere days before he was set to plead guilty.
When pressed by local reporters, Scott’s mother -who lives in the Denver area- denied any knowledge of her son being alive, and blamed the teenage girl for seducing her son.
Law enforcement agencies in the Denver area were alerted to a possible sighting of Scott, who was allegedly seen at a nearby apartment complex.
“The tipster stated that someone matching the description of Jacob Blair Scott was seen frequenting the Golden Spike Apartments,” Crouse said.
Metro Denver Crime Stoppers are offering up to a $2,000 reward for anyone who comes forward with information that will lead to Scott’s capture.
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