A Moss Point, Mississippi Army veteran suspected of faking his own death days before he was set to plead guilty to sex crimes in Jackson County is believed to hiding out near relatives in Colorado, U.S. Marshals told a Denver TV station.
Jacob Blair Scott, 42, hasn't been seen since July 30, 2018, when Orange Beach, Ala., investigators said they found Scott's abandoned dingy boat with a suicide note on it.
In addition, investigators thought it was odd to find Scott's gun tied to his dingy with little blood or other forensic evidence.
The investigation and hunt for Scott after his dingy was found only intensified after the Coast Guard suspended the search for Scott
U.S. Marshals, Alabama and Mississippi authorities believe Scott is hiding out in Colorado because he has family there.
His mother claims he is dead.
Deputy Marshal Katrina Crouse told thedenverchannel.com it was odd that there was little blood in Scott's boat or other forensic evidence, such as hair or brain matter.
In addition, Orange Beach investigators said it was odd for a body not to surface after seven days in the water.
A Jackson County judge issued a warrant for Scott's arrest Aug. 7, the same day the search for his body in Alabama was suspended.
Scott had missed court the day he was set to plead guilty to 14 sex crime charges involving a 14-year-old girl in Jackson County.
He had already gotten other delays in his case.
New evidence soon came to light.
During the investigation, marshals found out Scott had withdrawn $45,000 from his retirement account just before he went missing.
A friend of Scott's also reporting seeing him driving in Jackson County after he vanished.
A Dec. 28 tip to Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers led to even more new information.
A tip came in from a caller who said someone who looked like Scott was seen at a Denver apartment complex.
"The tipster stated that someone matching the description of Jacob Blair Scott was seen frequenting the Golden Spike Apartments," Crouse said. The Golden Spike Apartments are located at West Yale Avenue and South Federal Boulevard in Denver.
Marshals went to the Colorado apartment complex and found several people who remember seeing Scott on the property. However, the hunt for him continues.
Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said authorities suspected foul play from the moment Scott's boat was found abandoned.
U.S. Marshals are offing a reward for information on Scott's whereabouts
To report information, call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or Mississippi Coast Crime Stoppers at 877-787-5898.
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Arlington. (U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Chris Roys)
The Navy is investigating reports that a female Marine discovered a hidden camera in one of the women's restrooms aboard the USS Arlington, an amphibious transport dock that's currently on at port in Greece, NBC News originally reported.
It's been 30 years since an explosion inside the number two gun turret on the USS Iowa killed 47 American sailors, but for Mike Carr, it still feels like yesterday.
"I knew all 47 guys inside that turret because as part of the ship's policy we had rotated between all three turrets," Carr, who served as a gunner's mate in the Iowa's aft 16-inch turret, told Task & Purpose. "We all knew each other rather intimately."
On April 19, 1989, the day of the blast, the ship was preparing for live-fire training at Vieques, Puerto Rico Naval Training Range.
Carr was wearing headphones that allowed him to hear what the crews in the other turrets were saying.
"At 10 minutes to 10 a.m., somebody came over the phones and said, 'We're having a problem, Turret 2, center gun,'" Carr recalled. "Then approximately two minutes later, I recognized Senior Chief [Reginald] Ziegler, who was the chief in charge of Turret 2, yell into the phones: 'Fire, fire, fire! Fire in center gun, turret 2. Trying to contain it.'"
Then came the blast, which was so strong that it ripped the headphones right off Carr's head.
As a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a newly minted second lieutenant, I felt well-prepared to tackle the challenges facing a junior field artillery officer in the U.S. Army. When the time came to leave the Army, however, I was much less prepared to make the transition into the yet-unknown civilian sector.
One of the primary issues facing veterans after we transition is that we lack the same sense of purpose and mission that we had with our military careers. Today, more than ever, our service members volunteer to put themselves in harm's way. They are defending our freedom across the globe and should be recognized as our country's true heroes. It's critical that employers educate veterans and provide viable options so we can make informed decisions about the rest of our lives.
The two-star general in charge of the roughly 15,000-strong 2nd Marine Division has turned micromanagement into an art form with a new policy letter ordering his Marines and sailors to cut their hair, shave their faces, and adhere to a daily schedule that he has prescribed.
In his "Policy Letter 5-19," Maj. Gen. David Furness lamented that he has noticed "a significant decline in the basic discipline" of troops he's come in contact with in the division area, which has led him to "FIX IT immediately," instead of relying on the thousands of commissioned and non-commissioned officers below him to carry out his orders.