UPDATE 1/30/2020 (12:16 p.m.) — The fugitive was going by the name “Luke” at the time of his arrest, U.S. Marshals revealed at a news conference on Thursday.
A tip led U.S. Marshals to an RV in Pushmataha County, Oklahoma.
The agency said Jacob Scott didn’t want to give his real name at first, but U.S. Marshals then confronted him about his tattoos.
At Thursday’s news conference, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said he didn’t believe from day one that Scott had committed suicide, saying it didn’t pass the “smell test.”
UPDATE 1/30/2020 (10:34 a.m.) — U.S. Marshals arrested Jacob Blair Scott Wednesday night in Oklahoma, the Sun Herald reported.
The report says the agency got a tip that Scott was living in a campground in Antlers, Oklahoma.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) — U.S. Marshals stepped up efforts Wednesday to find a Mississippi veteran accused of faking his death to avoid child rape charges.
Jacob Blair Scott, an Army veteran from Moss Point, was added to the federal agency’s “15 Most Wanted” list.
A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading to Scott’s arrest.
In July 2018, Scott was scheduled to appear at a court hearing, when a gun and suicide note were found aboard his boat in Orange Beach. Crews searched the water for a week, but no remains were ever found.
At the time, Scott was out on bond on charges that included sexual battery, touching a child for lustful purposes, and exploitation of a child.
The investigation later uncovered Scott had withdrawn $45,000 before he disappeared.
Since the disappearance, there have been several possible sightings of Scott in Mississippi, Louisiana, Colorado, and Nevada.
Anyone with information can call 1-877-WANTED-2 or submit a tip online here.