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U.S. Marshals: Mississippi man faked suicide to avoid jail time for child rape, added to Most Wanted list

Possible sightings reported in Louisiana, three other states
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Posted at 9:38 PM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 22:49:30-05

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.

Courtesy U.S. Marshals

"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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