MONTEREY COUNTY, Calif. (WFLA/KSBW) – Police in Monterey County, California went from searching for a missing man to investigating his possible staged disappearance to escape justice.

Kim Gordon is a Scottish man wanted in his homeland on 24 counts of rape.

On Monday, Gordon’s son reported his father missing from Monastery Beach, saying he’d gone for a hike while his dad went for a swim.

Gordon was never seen again, prompting a land and sea search which continued through Wednesday.

Investigators said nobody ever saw Gordon go into the water and as the investigation progressed, his story began to fall apart.

“As we dug deeper the deputies started looking into it with assistance of detectives from the Sheriff’s office, it started to crumble and fall apart and looks like he is trying to avoid prosecution out of Scotland,” said John Thornburg with the sheriff’s office.

“One story is or one rumor out there is that they hitchhiked. We can’t show how they got here which is where stories start, facts don’t start to match up, more questions start to get asked and that’s how this really started to fall apart for them.”

U.S. federal agents are now on the lookout for Gordon.

Gordon’s son, who returned to Scotland Thursday, may be in trouble as well.

Investigators are not ruling out charging him with filing a false police report as well as aiding and abetting a wanted fugitive.