Survivalist who faked his death to avoid child porn charges is arrested after six years on the run

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‘Survivalist’ who has been on the run for six years after faking his death and fleeing his grandmother’s house with a bow and some arrows to avoid child porn charges is finally arrested 1,700miles away

  • Jacob Greer, 28, was found on Monday and arrested in Spanaway, Washington
  • Mr Greer was first arrested for the possession of child pornography in April 2016
  • He was last seen at a Walmart in Kalispell, Montana, wearing a camouflage hat
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An Iowa man who faked his own death and fled the state to avoid a trial on child pornography charges has been arrested after six years on the run.

Jacob Channce Greer, 28, from Des Moines, was found on Monday and arrested in Spanaway, Washington, 1,700miles away from his grandmother’s home after fleeing with money, a bow, arrows and a backpack full of survival gear.

Jacob Channce Greer, 28, from Des Moines, was found on Monday and arrested after last being seen at a Wal-Mart in Kalispell, Montana, on June 3, 2016, wearing a camouflage hat

Jacob Channce Greer, 28, from Des Moines, was found on Monday and arrested after last being seen at a Wal-Mart in Kalispell, Montana, on June 3, 2016, wearing a camouflage hat

He was last seen at a Walmart in Kalispell, Montana, on June 3, 2016, wearing a camouflage hat. 

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers first arrested Mr Greer on charges of receipt and possession of child pornography in April 2016.

Described by the authorities as a ‘survivalist’, he was released under pretrial supervision with an ankle monitor and was living with his grandmother in Des Moines.

On May 31, 2016, Mr Greer’s probation officer received a monitoring alert indicating his GPS device had been removed. 

A multiagency search effort ensued and Mr Greer’s vehicle was found with a suicide note inside of it. 

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Mr Greer was arrested in Spanaway, Washington, 1,700miles away from his grandmother’s home after fleeing with money, a bow, arrows and a backpack full of survival gear

However, searchers did not find Mr Greer’s body and a federal arrest warrant was issued that day.

On June 8, 2016, the forestry service located another vehicle associated with Mr Greer in Tuchuck Campground in Flathead, Montana, but he was not there.

Investigators discovered Mr Greer had purchased the car with a $1,000 loan from a friend and that he had fled Iowa. 

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Mike Powell, supervisory deputy U.S. marshal for the Southern District of Iowa, told the New York Times that Mr Greer was living ‘off the grid’ after he fled his grandmother’s property. 

‘After that, we think he probably traveled to the state of Washington,’ Mr Powell added and that he was living in homeless shelters ‘and taking odd jobs when he could.’

Described by the authorities as a 'survivalist', he was released under pretrial supervision with an ankle monitor and was living with his grandmother in Des Moines (pictured)

Described by the authorities as a ‘survivalist’, he was released under pretrial supervision with an ankle monitor and was living with his grandmother in Des Moines (pictured)

Through additional interviews, investigators learned Mr Greer was a survivalist and had plans to live off the land in remote areas of the upper western states or southern Canada, hiding out in abandoned cabins (stock image of Spanaway, Washington)

Through additional interviews, investigators learned Mr Greer was a survivalist and had plans to live off the land in remote areas of the upper western states or southern Canada, hiding out in abandoned cabins (stock image of Spanaway, Washington)

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Through additional interviews, investigators learned Mr Greer was a survivalist and had plans to live off the land in remote areas of the upper western states or southern Canada, hiding out in abandoned cabins.

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

Mr Greer is currently at the Federal Detention Center in Seattle and he will be brought to Des Moines to stand trial. 

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