Missing kayaker Melvin Emde is arrested for FAKING his own drowning on the Mississippi to escape child rape charges later that day

Police in Louisiana lulled a suspected child rapist into thinking he had got away with faking his own death on the day he was due in court.

Melvin Emde, 41, was reported missing by his son after allegedly falling out of a kayak on the Mississippi River in Hahnville on August 7.

‘We immediately became quite suspicious that this may have been a faked accidental drowning and death in order for Mr Emde to escape charges in Brunswick County, North Carolina,’ said St Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne.

‘However, we could not publicly expose our suspicions for fear of tipping him off.’

‘So, we just kind of left it as a missing person’s report, another person who just drowned in the river and his body didn’t appear.

‘It sounds like a pretty good concoction that they came up with, but like most of those, they don’t work.’

The deputies worked with authorities in North Carolina and the US Marshals Service to track Emde’s new phones but were hampered by his ‘discreet’ use of the devices and the fact that he rarely switched them on.

He was eventually found at 3.30am on Sunday when a Georgia State Highway Patrol officer tried to pull over a motorcyclist for not having a license plate.

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