Sightings reignite search for suspected child molester last seen in Orange Beach
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) —
U.S. Marshals said sightings have reignited the search for a suspected Mississippi child predator who was last seen in Orange Beach.
Authorities said Jacob Scott, 42, was spotted in the Denver, Colorado area recently, around 7 months after his vehicle was found abandoned at Cotton Bayou in Orange Beach and his dingy adrift in the Gulf of Mexico.
Orange Beach Police investigated the suspicious disappearance in July of 2018 after someone reported the abandoned watercraft.
"We did a search of the Gulf and got the Coast Guard to assist with a flyover. To this day we haven't recovered a body," said Lt. Carl Bradley with the Orange Beach Police Department.
Lt. Bradley said they discovered traces of blood and a firearm inside Scott's watercraft, which raised red flags.
"It seemed somewhat staged while we were there. We also discovered there was a large amount of money withdrawn from his account shortly before this happened," Lt. Bradley said.
Despite hours of searching, no trace of Scott was ever found. It led some to wonder if he had taken his own life.
At the time, Scott was due in court to face numerous child sex charges out of Jackson County, Mississippi.
US Marshals now believe Scott is in Colorado where his family lives, after authorities in Mississippi received tips that he was seen at a Denver area apartment complex.
"We believe he put everything in place and just set the dingy out and had another ride of the area of the boat ramp," said Deputy US Marshal Katrina Crouse.
According to US Marshals, Scott's family say they believe he's dead, but investigators aren't giving up.
"Anybody who is a danger to children needs to be off the streets. Anybody with charges of this nature, we need to find. They need to face their day in court and the victim needs justice," Crouse said.
Scott is wanted on an arrest warrant for sexual battery, touching of a child for lustful purposes, and child exploitation.
If you see him or know where he is, contact local law enforcement or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).