Man Who Faked Death For Six Years To Avoid Trial Arrested

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Jacob Greer’s ankle monitor was removed in May 2016. Officers discovered a suicide note in his vehicle. However, they were unable to locate a corpse.

Greer was arrested again six years later, according to the US Department of Justice. The United States Marshals Service made the announcement on Tuesday.

Greer was arrested for receiving and possessing child pornography in April 2016 and released on bail the next day, with a GPS monitor affixed to his ankle. Greer faces up to 20 years in jail if convicted of the allegations, which relate from occurrences in June 2013 and November 2014.

Another of his automobiles was tracked to Tuchuck Campground in Flathead, Mont., by the US Forestry Service in June 2016, but he was nowhere to be located. Instead, detectives discovered that he had borrowed $1,000 from a buddy to purchase the automobile, then escaped with a bow, arrows, and a backpack full of survival kit.

On June 3, 2016, he was last spotted in a Wal-Mart in Kalispell, Montana.

Greer, a self-described survivalist, was told by investigators that he planned to live off the land in the upper western states or southern Canada.

And for the past six years, he appeared to be doing just that, until he was apprehended in Spanaway, Washington, on Monday.

The 28-year-old is being detained at the Federal Detention Center in Seattle before being transported to Des Moines for trial.

The arrest of Jacob Greer after six years is a credit to the perseverance of Deputy US Marshals and our investigation partners, according to US Marshal for the Southern District of Iowa Ted Kamatchus. They refused to give up even though the case had gone cold.

The Marshals did not disclose any other information on Greer’s tracking.