- Kim Gordon, a street vendor from Inverness, Scotland, disappeared off the coast of Carmel, California, on February 25.
- Gordon’s 17-year-old son called authorities after he vanished, but couldn’t provide a detailed account of where his father was swimming.
- After authorities spent days searching for Gordon’s body, they now believe he may have faked his own death to avoid rape charges in Scotland.
- Gordon is due in court in Scotland on March 11 and is facing 24 charges, including five counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault on a young child, and indecent behaviour toward a girl aged between 12 and 16.
A Scotsman who disappeared off the coast of California in February may have faked his own death to avoid rape charges in his own country, police say.
Kim Gordon, a Scottish tourist, disappeared after diving into the Pacific Ocean in Carmel, California, on February 25, the Los Angeles Time reported.
His 17-year-old son told authorities that he vanished after diving into the water at Monastery Beach at about 7:15 p.m.
The US Coast Guard and the state Parks Department spent days searching for Gordon’s body, using drones and a helicopter, but found nothing.
While looking into Gordon’s disappearance, investigators from the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office learned that he is scheduled to go on trial in Scotland, and is facing two dozen charges, including rape and sexual assault.
A Scottish man, who uses several names, including Kim Gordon, is suspected of faking his own death in California to avoid rape charges, authorities say: https://t.co/uH6f7OVkaF pic.twitter.com/ctUAI8FhqD
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Sheriff’s Capt. John Thornburg questioned the disappearance after Gordon’s son couldn’t provide a detailed account of where his father was swimming, or how they travelled to California’s central coast, according to KION.
“The son didn’t actually see his father go in the water,” Michael Dalington, Monterey County Sheriff’s Office dive team supervisor, told KION. “We don’t have a witness that saw him go in so it’s kind of like a needle in a haystack.”
Gordon, who is a street vendor in Inverness, Scotland, is facing 24 charges, including five counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault on a young child, and indecent behaviour toward a girl aged between 12 and 16, according to The Scottish Sun. He is due in court in Edinburgh, Scotland, on March 11.
The US Marshals Service is investigating Gordon as a possible fugitive from justice. His son has returned to Scotland, but could face charges for filing a false report, according to the Los Angeles Times.
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