After six years of hiding from the authorities, one Iowa man who was wanted on child pornography charges in 2016 was now arrested on Monday.
Authorities said Jacob Greer, 28, was a “survivalist” who had intentions to “live off the land” and hide out in abandoned cabins.
U.S. marshal Ted Kamatchus said in a news release “The arrest of Jacob Greer after six years is a testament to the tenacity of Deputy U.S. Marshals and our investigative partners.”
He added, “Even though the case went cold, they would not quit.”
It was in 2016 when Greer was arrested on charges of receipt and possession of child pornography. He was released on bond the next day under pretrial supervision with an ankle monitor. Greer was living with his grandmother in Des Moines.
Then he vanished. His vehicle was found with a suicide note inside but there was nobody found. It was also reported that on June 3, 2016, he was seen at a Wal-Mart in Kalispell, Montana, and disappeared again.
Six years after faking his own death and fleeing Iowa to avoid child pornography charges, Jacob Greer was arrested in Spanaway Monday. https://t.co/Xm5tlgRQql
— KIRO 7 (@KIRO7Seattle) April 6, 2022
According to the CBS report:
On June 8, 2016, investigators found a different vehicle in Flathead, Montana that Greer had bought with a $1,000 loan from a friend. Authorities learned that he fled Iowa with money, a backpack filled with survival gear, along with a bow and arrows, the U.S. Marshals Service said.
Greer was last spotted wearing a camouflage hat at a Wal-Mart in Kalispell, Montana on June 3, 2016.
On Monday, officials located and arrested Greer in Spanaway, Washington. He is currently at the Federal Detention Center in Seattle, Washington and will be brought back to Iowa where he will stand trial.
U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Iowa Ted Kamatchus said Greer’s arrest is “a testament to the tenacity of Deputy U.S. Marshals and our investigative partners.”
Greer is now locked up at the Federal Detention Center in Seattle and scheduled to be brought to Iowa for trial.