An Iowa man who faked his own suicide in 2016 to avoid being charged with child pornography has been arrested, authorities said.
Jacob Greer, 28, was arrested Monday in Spanaway, Wash. – six years after he removed an anklet and fled Des Moines, the US Marshals Service said in a statement.
Ted Kamatchus, U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Iowa, called the arrest “a testament to the tenacity” of the department and other investigative agencies.
“Even though the case got cold, they didn’t give up,” Kamatchus said.
At the time of his disappearance, Greer was out on bail following an April 2016 arrest for receipt and possession of child pornography by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the statement said.
Greer was “a survivalist” who planned to live in abandoned cabins in remote parts of the northwestern United States and Canada, the statement said.
He was living with his grandmother when he removed his GPS tracking device and left a fake suicide note in his vehicle. He took a survival bag with him that included a bow and arrow, then borrowed $1,000 from a friend to buy a car to take her out of state, authorities said.
Greer’s new car was found abandoned in a Montana campground a few days later. On June 3, 2016, Greer was spotted at a Walmart in Kalispell, Montana wearing a camouflage hat.
It is unclear what he did in the years that followed or what led authorities to finally catch him.
He was in federal custody in Seattle pending extradition to Des Moines for trial on Tuesday, the service said.
New York Post