Front Page Detectives

Survivalist Fugitive Accused Of Child Porn Crimes Captured Six Years After He Faked His Death, Authorities Say

fugitive arrest
Source: US Marshals Service; MEGA

Apr. 6 2022, Published 3:33 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to XShare to Email

An Iowa survivalist set to go on trial on child pornography charges who faked his own death six years ago and escaped the state was recently captured in Washington, authorities said.

U.S. Marshals took Jacob Greer, 28, into custody in Spanaway on April 4, and he was awaiting extradition to Des Moines, KIRO reported.

Article continues below advertisement

In April 2016, Greer was arrested and charged with receipt and possession of child pornography and released on bond.

Greer was required to wear an ankle monitor before his trial and allowed to live with his grandmother.

The following month, on May 31, 2016, Greer allegedly took off the ankle monitor, which sent an alert to his probation officer.

Article continues below advertisement

Authorities issued an arrest warrant after they located Greer’s abandoned vehicle as well as a suicide note inside.

According to the U.S. Marshals service, Greer purchased a car and fled Iowa, bringing with him a backpack filled with survival gear, including a bow and arrows, and he was last spotted that June 3 in Montana.

Authorities believed Greer was heading to remote areas in the upper western states or Canada to live off the land.

“The arrest of Jacob Greer after six years is a testament to the tenacity of Deputy U.S. Marshals and our investigative partners,” said Ted Kamatchus, U.S. marshal for the Southern District of Iowa. “Even though the case went cold, they would not quit.”


Become a Front Page Detective

Sign up to receive breaking
Front Page Detectives
news and exclusive investigations.

More Stories

Opt-out of personalized ads

© Copyright 2024 FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES™️. A DIVISION OF MYSTIFY ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK INC. FRONT PAGE DETECTIVES is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.