Friday 22 March 2019

Police believe Scottish man - facing 24 rape charges - may have faked own death

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Police in California believe a Scottish man reported missing from a beach may have attempted to fake his death.

Divers and police in Monterey County spent two days searching for the man, who was visiting the US with his 17-year-old son.

The man is reportedly facing 24 rape counts in Scotland.

His son, from Bunchrew, told officials that his father had gone swimming in the dark last Monday at Monastery beach in Carmel, Monterey County.

The teenager said that his father (54), who is understood to be facing criminal charges at home, failed to return.

US officers are now exploring the possibility that he may still be alive.

The sheriff's department said they had received a 911 call on Monday to say a man had gone into the water and had not been seen since.

A spokesman said he was still being considered as a missing person, but his disappearance was now considered to be "under suspicious circumstances".

He added that the search was continuing, but officers were exploring the possibility that he may have tried to fake his own death.

According to records, the man and his son flew into Los Angeles for a two-week break last month, records show.

His son reported him missing from the beach, but cops described his story as “inconsistent” – saying he had not actually seen his father go into the water.

Captain Thornburg added: “We can't prove that he went into the water.”

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