California man may have faked drowning to avoid sex assault charges, officials say

MONTEREY COUNTY, California -- A man may have faked drowning in California to avoid sexual assault charges in another country, according to ABC News reports.

Kim Gordon's 17-year-old son reported him missing on February 25, and dive teams and Coast Guard helicopters spent days desperately trying to find him.

But they found nothing, not a trace of anything. And that's what made investigators suspicious.

"During the course of those...interviews, the story started to fall apart," Monterey County Sheriff's Office Captain John Thornburg said. "They were supposedly camping at different parts of the state but had no camping gear. They had two backpacks with minimal items in them."

Once investigators began to think the disappearance was a hoax, they started looking into Gordon's background.

That's when they learned he was facing multiple sexual assault charges in Scotland.

He's scheduled to be in court there March 11.

Gordon, who is in his 50s, is still considered the subject of a missing persons case. However, if he does not show up for his court hearing in Scotland, warrants will be issued for his arrest and the reason behind the search will change.

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