U.S. Marshals Inspector Jeremy Stilwell said a tipster called the Pushmataha County Sheriff’s Office in Oklahoma within hours of the announcement and reported that a man fitting Scott’s description had been staying at an RV park.
“After sheriff’s deputies looked up Scott’s information, they saw he was wanted by the marshals and immediately relayed the tip to us," Stilwell said. "We then worked with the local authorities to develop a plan for his arrest.”
Authorities said they found Scott in the trailer he had reportedly been living in. At first, he refused to acknowledge his identity, but after investigators identified his tattoos, he admitted he was Scott, marshals said.
The victim's mother told the Biloxi Sun Herald on Thursday that her daughter "feels safe now."
"We are happy. We are very happy and my daughter just cried," she told the newspaper. "We knew the whole time that he was alive and everybody tried to say he was dead and we kept telling them he was alive."
Scott was being held Thursday at Pittsburg County Jail in Oklahoma ahead of extradition to Mississippi.