Iowa Man Who Faked His Own Death in 2016 Found By U.S. Marshals
There's so much more to this story than simply a man from Des Moines who temporarily avoided arrest.
As reported by KWWL, 28-year-old Jacob Greer was arrested in Spanaway, Washington after evading law enforcement for six years on charges of receiving and possessing child pornography.
According to the New York Daily News, if Greer was "convicted on the charges, which stemmed from incidents in June 2013 and November 2014, (he would have) faced up to 20 years in prison."
In a statement from the U.S. Marshals Service, it was shared that "Greer is currently at the Federal Detention Center in Seattle and he will be brought to Des Moines to stand trial."
The Iowa native was released on bond following his arrest in April of 2016 but was required to wear an ankle monitor in order for officers to know his whereabouts.
Then, he vanished into thin air.
The statement adds that the following happened: "On May 31, 2016, Greer’s U.S. Probation Officer received a monitoring alert indicating Greer’s GPS device had been removed. A multiagency search effort ensued, and Greer’s vehicle was found with a suicide note inside of it. However, searchers did not find Greer’s body. A federal arrest warrant for Greer was issued that day."
Greer ultimately purchased a car for $1,000 after being loaned the money by a friend. The car was left at a campground in Flathead, Montana. The last time Greer was reported seen was at a Walmart in Kalispell, Montana on June 3, 2016, a few days before authorities found the abandoned vehicle.
It was ultimately found by investigators that Greer planned to live off the land in remote areas of the northwest part of the states as well as southwest Canada. He hid out in abandoned or vacant cabins. KWWL says that he "fled Iowa with money, a bow, arrows, and survival gear."
It is unclear as to whether or not he was aided in his survival and evasion of law enforcement.
Ted Kamatchus, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Iowa had this to say about the capture of their suspect:
The arrest of Jacob Greer after six years is a testament to the tenacity of Deputy U.S. Marshals and our investigative partners. Even though the case went cold, they would not quit.
Iowa Marshals were helped in their effort by working with the U.S. Marshals Montana Violent Offender Task Force, and U.S. marshals from the Western District of Washington.
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