A Mississippi man accused of faking his own suicide to avoid jail time after raping his 14-year-old stepdaughter is now on the U.S. Marshal's 15 Most Wanted list.
Jacob Blair Scott, 43, is on the list after Marshals elevated his fugitive status on Wednesday, according to a release from the U.S. Marshals. Authorities are now asking for any information that may lead to his arrest.
"Jacob Scott stands accused of unspeakable crimes against a child," said Service Director Donald Washington. "The Marshals will leave no stone unturned until we bring him to justice."
Scott faces a 14-count indictment charging him with sexual battery, touching a child for lustful purposes, and exploitation of a child.
In July 2018, Scott was out on bond, but failed to show up for a court hearing. Authorities found his abandoned dinghy off the coast of Orange Beach, Alabama.
His body was never found, and police say he withdrew $45,000 before his disappearance.
Police found a gun and a note, but "little forensic evidence indicating a suicide."
Scott is a 5'10" white male, weighing 225 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He is a military veteran with survivalist training.
He has tattoos of a machete knife, scorpion, and a compass with feathers.
There have been multiple possible sightings of Scott in Mississippi, Louisiana, Colorado, and Nevada.
U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to Scott's arrest. Anyone with information should contact the nearest U.S. Marshals Office, call 1-877-WANTED-2, visit www.usmarshals.gov/tips, or submit at tip via their app.
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