CAPTURED: Miss. man faked suicide to avoid rape charge, U.S. Marshals say


Jacob Blair Scott (Source: U.S. Marshals)

By Therese Apel and Jacob Gallant , WLBT

In a dinghy drifting off the shore of Orange Beach, Alabama, police found a note from a man accused of raping a 14-year-old more than a dozen times.

“If you find this, contact Melody Scott,” said the note, then listing a phone number. “My name is Jacob Scott, Jackson County.” Then under his social security number, it says, “I’m sorry.”

That was in July 2018, just before Jacob Blair Scott, 43, of Moss Point, was to be charged.

Jacob Scott was added to the United States Marshals’ Top 15 Most Wanted list Wednesday, as authorities say that he didn’t actually commit suicide. They say it appears he faked his own death.

“Jacob Scott stands accused of unspeakable crimes against a child,” said U.S. Marshals Service Director Donald Washington. “The Marshals will leave no stone unturned until we bring him to justice.”

Scott faces 14 charges. He was out on bond and failed to appear for a court hearing.