MOSS POINT, Miss. — An Army veteran is accused of faking his own death to avoid charges that he raped and impregnated a 14-year-old girl.
Police said a small boat was found abandoned offshore near Orange Beach, Alabama. Authorities said the vessel belonged to Jacob Blair Scott and inside they found a note with Scott's Social Security number written on it, along with an apology: "I'm sorry." They also said they found a handgun tied to a rope, The Associated Press reported.
Police said it was also unusual for a body not to surface in the Gulf of Mexico, the newspaper reported.
Police believe he’s been on the run since.
They said he had taken $45,000 from his retirement account and disappeared before he was expected to plead guilty to raping and impregnating the girl, according to the AP.
DNA evidence said he is the father of the teen's baby, the AP reported.
A grand jury indicted Scott on 14 sex crime charges, and he was granted a $65,000 bond. He failed to show for his hearing to enter guilty pleas, the Sun Herald reported.
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